Laurence M. Downes - Chairman

Chairman and CEO, New Jersey Resources

Laurence M. Downes is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Jersey Resources Corporation (NJR) and its principal subsidiaries, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJR Energy Services.  He joined NJR in March 1985 and has served as CEO since July 1995.
Downes is a Director and past Chairman of the American Gas Association and the Natural Gas Council and a Trustee of the American Gas Foundation.  He also chairs the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Trenton.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in finance and a master's degree in business administration in financial management, both from Iona College.  He is also a 2009 graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.