The Pennsylvania Business Council has elected Kathy Pape, president of Derry Township-based Pennsylvania American Water Co., as chairwoman of its board of directors.
Formed in 2007 through the merger of the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable and Pennsylvanians for Effective Government, the PBC has elected three previous board chairs. Pape is the first woman to chair the PBC or its predecessor organizations.
The new chairwoman said she plans to continue the strong membership and financial growth of the PBC and achieving the organization's public policy goals which include: on-time and fiscally responsible state budgets without tax increases; continued corporate tax reform; liquor privatization; enactment of a plan to increase funding for transportation infrastructure replacement and maintenance; reduction of the state's public pension liability; and implementation of Pennsylvania Common Core academic standards.
Pape was named company president in July 2007. She also assumed the role of senior vice president of American Water's Mid-Atlantic Divison in October 2011, where she leads the parent company's subsidiaries in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania American Water is the largest regulated water utility in the commonwealth, providing water and wastewater services to about 2.2 million people in 390 communities.
Other midstate-based board selections included Fred Anton III, president and CEO of the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, and Scott Rogers, president of The Glatfelter Agency in York, which is part of the Glatfelter Insurance Group.