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Melissa Orsen Named President & Chief Operations Officer of South Jersey Gas

Folsom-based South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of SJI, announced the appointment of Melissa Orsen as president and chief operations officer. Orsen succeeds Dave Robbins, who previously held the role and who will remain with the utility’s parent company as senior vice president, SJI, and president, SJI Utilities, the holding company for South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas.


Melissa Orsen

Orsen joined SJI in 2018 as senior vice president, general counsel. Since that time, she has helped lead the organization through a dynamic energy landscape, both at the state and federal levels, guided by over fifteen years of regulatory agency and leadership experience.

In her new role, Orsen will lead South Jersey Gas overall operations, focusing on the utility’s unwavering commitment to safety, developing nontraditional opportunities for growth, ensuring cost effective operations, and delivering exceptional customer service. She will also maintain her role as senior vice president, SJI.

“Melissa has been an invaluable part of the SJI senior leadership team over the last three years,” said SJI Utilities President Dave Robbins. “I have no doubt that, under her leadership, South Jersey Gas will continue to successfully deliver on its commitment to providing safe, reliable, affordable natural gas service to its more than 400,000 customers.”

Orsen added, “We continue to have substantial opportunity for growth ahead of us at South Jersey Gas, and I am excited to be the leader who will align the incredible talent within our organization in support of those opportunities and continued long-term success.”

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