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USIC Appoints Yuvbir Singh as President and CEO

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USIC, the premier provider of underground utility locating services in North America, announced the appointment of Yuvbir Singh as

USIC, the premier provider of underground utility locating services in North America, announced the appointment of Yuvbir Singh as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Singh officially assumed his position on February 28, marking a strategic transition plan. Ron Childress, who served as interim CEO since September 2023, will revert to his former role as a member of USIC’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Singh most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions, a global provider of comprehensive chemical, equipment, and digital enabled services and products for addressing water availability and quality challenges. Previously, he served as a GE Company Officer with responsibility for the multinational conglomerate’s locomotive, mining, stationary power, marine and drill businesses. In his 23-year tenure with GE, he held a range of leadership roles, including Vice President of Equipment for GE Transportation, Vice President of Global Locomotive Operations, and General Manager of Engineered Systems for Water and Process Technologies, as well as roles in Mergers and Acquisitions, with involvement in many strategic M&A transactions.

“Yuvbir Singh has a strong record of success in executing corporate renewals and long-term growth strategies for complex businesses. Under his leadership, USIC is positioned to capitalize on industry growth trends driven by historic levels of infrastructure investment,” Michael D. Penner, Chair of USIC’s Board of Directors, stated. “With a background in electronics engineering and extensive experience in leading global field operations in the deployment of innovative solutions, Yuvbir is ideally suited to transform USIC’s operations through innovation and the employment of advanced technologies to elevate quality and efficiency and add value for the utilities we serve. On behalf of USIC’s Board of Directors, I want to thank Ron Childress for his leadership of the company as interim CEO and for continuing to make himself available to support Mr. Singh in facilitating a seamless transition.”

After the transition, Ron Childress will continue to serve in an advisory role for the company as a board member. “Yuvbir is uniquely qualified following a successful career in adjacent industry roles,” said Childress. “USIC and our customers will benefit from his extensive experience and innovative approach. It has been an honor to serve as interim CEO for USIC, and I look forward to supporting Yuvbir and the entire USIC team in my continuing role as a member of USIC’s Board of Directors.”

“I am honored to be joining the industry leader in underground utility damage prevention and look forward to immersing myself in learning more about the company’s operations and to beginning to meet the company’s more than 13,000 employees dedicated to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure and ensuring public safety,” Mr. Singh commented. “There are tremendous opportunities for us to pursue together, as well as challenges to face, and I am excited to get started.”

USIC is jointly owned by Partners Group and Kohlberg & Company (“Kohlberg”). Partners Group originally invested in USIC in 2017 and partnered in November 2022 with a Kohlberg-led consortium, including funds managed by Mubadala and Neuberger Berman.


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