HARTFORD — The largest business organization in the state has a new leader.
James P. Torgerson, president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corporation has been elected chair of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s board of directors.
Based in Hartford, CBIA is the state’s largest business organization that aims to support policies that promote economic growth, a fiscally responsible state government and a dynamic business climate. Torgerson had served as vice-chair of the CBIA board since December 2012.
“I’m very excited about working with our partners in the business community and the government to help recast Connecticut as a more business-friendly state,” Torgerson said. “While we certainly face significant challenges, I also expect the months and years ahead to be rich with opportunities for growth and job creation in Connecticut.”
Torgerson succeeds the previous CBIA board chair, Donald R. Droppo Jr., president and CEO of Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook.
Torgerson has been UIL’s president and CEO since 2006. UIL is the parent company of The United Illuminating Company, The Southern Connecticut Gas Company and Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation, as well as The Berkshire Gas Company in Massachusetts.
Torgerson has served locally as a board member of Yale New Haven Hospital and the Business Council of Fairfield County. He is also chair of REX (Regional Economic Xcelleration), the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, and he serves as a trustee of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.
At the national level, he sits on the boards of directors for the Edison Energy Institute and the American Gas Association.