Lewis Announces CEO Transition

West Henrietta, NY—Lewis announced today that Leslie Kass, a recognized leader in the energy industry, will succeed Tom Rogers as Chief Executive Officer. Tom will lead through a transition period as he prepares to retire from the company at year end. Dennis Brown will continue to serve as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

Lewis CEO-elect “We are delighted to welcome Leslie to Lewis,” said Rogers. “She is uniquely qualified to lead this company through its next chapter of growth. We look forward to Leslie’s leadership and are confident that her experience and perspective will fuel our company’s continued success.”

Leslie brings more than 20 years of utility experience to Lewis most recently as an Executive Vice President at TC Energy. During her career, she has managed multi-billion-dollar capital portfolios and corporate-wide governance for engineering, research and development, safety, nuclear regulatory affairs, risk assessment, quality, compliance, security, and emergency response. Prior to her position at TC Energy, Leslie held leadership positions at Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse Electric Company, Nuclear Energy Institute, Entergy, and Duke Energy. Leslie is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

“I am thrilled to be joining Lewis at this pivotal moment in the company’s history,” said Kass. “I was drawn to Lewis’ culture of learning and empowerment, its reputation as a pioneer in new view safety and human performance, and because Lewis’ reputation is among the best in the industry in putting customers and employees first. This company truly checks the boxes on all the workplace elements that matter most to me. I intend to build on this success and expand upon our positive impact in the industry.”

During the eight-month overlap between outgoing and incoming CEOs, Leslie will work closely with Tom, the Lewis executive team, and Board of Directors to ensure a smooth organizational transition.

“On behalf of the Lewis community of employee owners, we extend a warm welcome to Leslie and thank Tom for his lifetime of service and leadership through a period of transformative growth and financial strength,” said Jeff Corbett, Chairman of the Lewis Board of Directors. “Under Tom’s guidance, Lewis has evolved into a highly professional, performance-driven organization centered on the relentless pursuit of employee and customer success. Tom’s significant influence on the Lewis cultural shift over the past few years is noteworthy especially in the areas of human performance, customer experience, strategic staffing, community engagement, and diversity/equity/inclusion. Tom will forever be a valued member of the Lewis family.”

About Lewis: Lewis is a values-based, employee-owned firm with over 4,000 team members throughout the U.S. Founded in 1938, Lewis is celebrating over 80 years as leaders in the utility vegetation management industry. Lewis’ personnel support large investor-owned utilities, electric coops, and municipal electric utilities providing a wide range of vegetation management services and expertise including transmission and distribution utility line clearance, outage response and storm restoration services. Utilities count on Lewis to get the Job Done Right®.

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