CLINTON, Conn. — David Benoit has been named interim president and CEO of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. after the company’s board of directors accepted the resignation of the previous CEO, president and chairman, Eric Thornburg.

Benoit’s appointment was unanimously approved by the company’s board, according to a company news release. He was also named CEO and president of the company’s Connecticut subsidiaries and CEO of its Maine subsidiary.

Richard Knowlton will remain president of the Maine subsidiary, Maine Water Company.

Maine Water acquired the former Biddeford and Saco Water company in December 2012.

Benoit, who is a certified public accountant, was the chief financial officer for Connecticut Water for 21 years.

The board also elected Carol Wallace as its new chairman. She has served on the board since 2003, and since 2013, has been the company’s lead independent director.

Thornburg will stay on with the company until Oct. 15 to assist with the transition.

CTWS is one of the 10 largest U.S.-based publicly-traded water utilities, according to the release.

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