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Fortnightly Magazine - November 15 2002

The Association of Edison Illuminating Cos. (AEIC) elected new officers. Thomas Shockley III, vice chairman and chief operating officer of American Electric Power, was elected president of AEIC. Elected as first vice president was Peter Burg, chairman and CEO of FirstEnergy. Richard Grigg, president and COO of We Energies, was elected second vice president.

Robert Shapard was hired as Exelon Corp.'s new CFO. He replaces Ruth Ann Gillis, who was promoted last spring to president of the company's business services division. Gillis had been with ComEd since before the merger of its parent, Unicom Corp., with PECO Energy, which formed Exelon. Shapard was formerly CFO with Covanta.

The American Gas Association elected Richard Reiten, the current chairman and CEO of NW Natural, to serve as chairman of the American Gas Association's board of directors for 2003. AGA's other officers for 2003 are: first vice chair, Robert Best, chairman, president, and CEO, Atmos Energy Corp.; and immediate past chair William Michael Warren, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Energen Corp. AGA also conferred two Distinguished Service Awards, the association's highest honor. David W. Biegler, former vice chairman and president of TXU Corp., was recognized. Also honored, posthumously, was Cuba Wadlington, Jr., the former president and CEO of Williams' gas pipeline division and executive vice president of Williams.

Deutsche Bank has hired Frank Kinney to cover mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance for unregulated energy concerns, beginning in late November. Kinney was a managing director in Goldman Sachs' global natural resources group in New York, with a focus on power.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission member Camie Swanson-Hull has resigned from the commission effective Nov. 1. She served on IRUC for six years. Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon has launched a search to fill the vacancy on the commission.

James Becker was elected president of Diablo Canyon Power Plant Operations by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s board of directors. He is a 10-year veteran of the company.

Arthur J. "Grant" Lacerte, Jr. has been appointed vice president and general counsel of Kissimmee Utility Authority. He succeeds Ed Brinson, general counsel since 1985, who is planning to retire. Among other positions, Lacerte served previously as an attorney advisor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) elected Fred J. Fowler, president of the Energy Transmission Group at Duke Energy, as chairman of the board for 2003. Fowler succeeds John W. Somerhalder II, president of the pipeline group, El Paso Corp., as chairman. Other officers elected include William J. Haener, executive vice president and COO of Natural Gas, CMS Energy Corp., as first vice chairman; and Harold N. Kvisle, president and CEO, TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., as second vice chairman. Jerald V. Halvorsen was re-elected president, and Donald F. Santa Jr. was elected executive vice president of INGAA.

Dr. Peter Brown has been elected to the board of directors of Dominion. He is a director on several major corporate boards, including Basset Furniture Industries, and is a principal at Virginia Surgical Associates in Richmond, Va.

Aquila announced that Rick Dobson will become the company's interim CFO in late November. Dobson succeeds Dan Streek, who plans to leave the company later this year. Dobson joined Aquila's energy merchant subsidiary in 1989, and has been with the company since then, except for a two-year stint working at another company. Streek is a 10-year veteran of Aquila.

Dona Seger-Lawson has been promoted to director of regulatory operations for the Dayton Power & Light Co. She will be responsible for regulatory relationships and reporting requirements with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and FERC. Seger-Lawson has been with DP&L since 1992.

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