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SCANA Corp. promoted William B. Timmerman, president, to COO. John L. Skolds, senior v.p. of generation at SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas, became president and COO. Skolds replaces Bruce D. Kenyon, who left the company to become president of Northeast Nuclear Energy Co.
James T. Egler was promoted from president of Equitable Resources Inc.'s marketing division to CEO of Equitable Gas Co., a regulated subsidiary.
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. promoted Bob Bahnick to v.p., operations & engineering. He moves up from operating & project services director.
Stuart W. Temple was hired as business development v.p. for The Energy Network, Inc., a new unregulated subsidiary of Connecticut Natural Gas Corp.
Union Electric Co. named Edward J. Sampson stores department manager. He replaces Walter Caesar, who retired.
Deborah K. Flannagan, a former executive director of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, was hired as executive director of the Georgia Public Service Commission. Flannagan also has worked at the Florida Public Service Commission.
Charles D. Gray was promoted to general counsel at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Gray, formerly assistant general counsel, succeeds Paul Rodgers, who resigned as executive director and general counsel. Commissioner Jo Anne Sanford of the North Carolina Utilities Commission was appointed to NARUC's communications committee.
W. Lester Bryan was elected president and COO of Washington Water Power Co. He also joins the board of directors. Bryan had been a senior v.p.
Consolidated Natural Gas Co. named two senior v.p.'s at CNG Energy Services Corp.: Joseph A. Curia became senior v.p., wholesale gas marketing and supply; V.J. Horgan became senior v.p., risk management and trading.
Edgar B. Abrams is the new president of Lykes-Duke/Louis Dreyfus, Ltd. Jeffrey W. Johnson had served as interim president since April. Abrams comes from Duke Engineering & Services, where he was plant and energy services v.p.
Union Electric Co. promoted Warner L. Baxter from assistant controller to controller. He replaces Joseph M. Pfeifer, who retired.
The Georgia Transmission Corp. board has hired G. Stanley Hill as interim COO. Hill, retiring from Oglethorpe Power Corp. as senior v.p., will keep the position until a permanent COO is found. The board also hired Oglethorpe's manager of corporate planning, Barbara E. Hampton, as v.p. of finance and administration.
Nancy J. Woodhull, executive director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and a founding editor of USA Today, was elected to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.'s board of directors.
J.M. Huber Corp. hired Paul W. Cain as president of its energy sector. Cain was president and COO of MESA, Inc. He succeeds David B. Martin, who retired.
Robert L. Hirsch became chairman of the National Research Council's Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. Hirsch, president of The Energy Technology Collaborative, Inc., will serve a three-year term.
LG&E Energy Corp. promoted George Basinger to senior v.p., power operations. Paul Thompson was appointed v.p. of retail electric business for Louisville Gas and Electric Co.
A new, seven-member board of directors at Box Energy Corp. voted to fire Thomas D. Box as the company's president and CEO. Jill