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Executive Leadership

Douglas I. Bonawitz
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
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Douglas I. Bonawitz is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. He was elected to this position in 2019.  He is responsible for the administration and supervision of all financial functions including accounting, taxes, risk management and treasury management.

Mr. Bonawitz brings more than 30 years of experience in financial leadership, strategic planning, and investor communications to his role.  Mr. Bonawitz joined the Company in 2011 and has risen through the Company’s ranks, taking on progressively senior leadership roles over time.  In 2017, he was appointed to the role of Vice President and Treasurer.  Before his appointment as Vice President and Treasurer, he served as Associate Vice President for Treasury and Investor Relations for the Company, and he served as Division Head of Investor Relations and Financial Analysis prior to that role.

Before coming to WGL, Mr. Bonawitz served for 15 years with the Whirlpool Corporation in roles of increasing leadership responsibility in the company’s North American Finance operations. He began his career with the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Michigan State University and his Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Bonawitz is also a graduate of the 2018 class of Leadership Greater Washington.

Mr. Bonawitz resides with his wife in Washington, D.C.
 

Gunnar J. Gode
Vice President and Controller
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Gunnar J. Gode is Vice President and Controller of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. He was elected into this position in 2019. Mr. Gode is responsible for overseeing the companies’ financial statement preparation, accounting control processes and tax compliance.
 

Mr. Gode joined Washington Gas in July of 2004. From 2016-2019 he served as the Assistant Controller of Washington Gas. Prior to this, Mr. Gode has held several distinct leadership roles within the Finance Organization, including the Accounting, Financial Planning and Treasury functions.
 

Prior to joining Washington Gas, Mr. Gode was a consultant providing creditor advisory services with FTI Consulting. He also previously worked at PWC and Grant Thornton, specializing in their technology and regulated utility practices, respectively.
 

Mr. Gode is a CPA and has served as chair of the AGA Accounting Principles Committee. Mr. Gode received his Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from Cornell University and his Masters of Business Administration from Babson College.
 

Mr. Gode lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children.

Luanne S. Gutermuth
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
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Luanne Gutermuth is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. Prior to this position, she had been Senior Vice President, Shared Services and Chief Human Resource Officer for WGL and Washington Gas. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Human Resources & Organization Development for Washington Gas. Ms. Gutermuth leads key corporate functions across WGL, including Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology, Procurement, Public Policy, Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and the Business Transformation Office. She is responsible for developing and implementing a human capital strategy that supports the company’s overall business objectives.
 
Ms. Gutermuth joined Washington Gas in 1998, and since then has held leadership positions in several functions across the company, including business planning, organization development, business process improvement and customer service. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Ms. Gutermuth gained broad leadership experience in a number of industries, including health care and energy.
 
Ms. Gutermuth received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. She also completed the Organization Development certificate program at Georgetown University.
 
Ms. Gutermuth is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors for INROADS, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Southern Gas Association Executive Council and is a founding member of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle. She also is affiliated with the American Gas Association and LEAD VIRGINIA. An active member of the community, she participates in Washington Gas’ community service activities and has served in volunteer leadership positions in local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Gutermuth lives with her husband and three children in Annandale, Virginia.

 

Karen M. Hardwick
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen M. Hardwick is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company. She is responsible for managing and directing the company’s legal strategy and supervising the attorney staff and the corporate secretary.
  
Ms. Hardwick brings to her current position 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She began her career at Hogan & Hartson LLP (Now Hogan Lovells LLP). During her 18 years with the firm, Ms. Hardwick rose to equity partner and managed commercial litigation and complex investigations for technology companies, regulated utilities, commercial real estate developers, and insurers.
  
Prior to joining WGL in October 2018, Ms. Hardwick served as General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where as a member of the president’s cabinet she helped lead the ongoing transformation of the university, rebuilt the legal operations to enhance service delivery, managed the university’s corporate governance, and directed outside counsel in high stakes litigation.
  
Before her role at UDC, Ms. Hardwick served as general counsel to Annapolis, Maryland, a municipal corporation, and managed all of the city’s legal affairs, which involved complex litigation, debt issuances, design and construction of major capital projects, and corporate governance. Ms. Hardwick also worked as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, leading the legal negotiation of public and private real estate development projects near the Washington National’s Stadium and at the Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront.
  
Ms. Hardwick is active in the community through volunteerism and contributing her time and management skills to several non-profits. Since 2006, she has served as Vice President of the Washing Children’s Foundation, and served in leadership roles on the boards of organizations including the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Greater Washington.  
  
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Hardwick is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Engineering, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. She and her husband reside in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.

 

Donald “Blue” Jenkins
President, Utilities

Donald “Blue” Jenkins, age 47, is AltaGas’ Executive Vice President & President, Utilities and President, Washington Gas. In this role, Mr. Jenkins oversees the development and execution of AltaGas’ strategic plan and advances the strategy of implementing an operational excellence model across its U.S. Utilities.

Mr. Jenkins is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in all facets of the energy industry. With senior leadership roles in commercial strategy, business development, trading, information technology and safety, he brings a comprehensive understanding of the energy value chain across the utilities and midstream sectors. A results-oriented leader with a proven track record of driving transformation and building high-performance organizational cultures, Mr. Jenkins is also a champion of diversity and safety leadership.

Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer at EQT Corporation, a premier U.S. integrated gas company. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of commercial operations, including financial planning and strategic decision-making, commodity sales, operations, logistics, contracting, risk management IT and business development. Prior to EQT, he held multiple executive roles at BP including serving as Senior Vice President, North America Gas and Power, and was a key member of BP’s U.S. leadership team.

While at EQT Corporation, he successfully championed the negotiation of a $3.5 billion joint venture for Mountain Valley Pipeline, assisted with the company’s $7 billion acquisition of Rice Energy and was the driving force behind EQT’s increased bottom line.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

John D. O'Brien
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs
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John O’Brien is Executive Vice President Strategy & Public Affairs of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. His primary responsibilities include oversight of enterprise strategy, corporate communications, government relations and regulatory affairs.
 
Mr. O’Brien has had various roles within the AltaGas organization since joining in 2015, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of AltaGas Services (U.S.) Inc. (ASUS).  He is currently also Executive Vice President, Government and Regulatory for ASUS and AltaGas Utility Holdings (U.S.) Inc., both of which are subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. O’Brien was the President and Chief Operating Officer of ASUS from April 2016 to July 2018, overseeing its operational and business development activities.  Prior to AltaGas, Mr. O’Brien held management positions in Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs within the energy industry, including most recently in the position of Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs with a large privately held energy company.
 
Mr. O’Brien holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985. Mr. O’Brien served as a Massachusetts State Senator from 1992 to 1998.