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Moves through Aug. 3

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of recent executive management, board and regulatory changes in the energy industry. The moves are listed by sector in reverse chronological order.


* OGE Energy Corp. appointed J. Michael Sanner to its board of directors, effective Sept. 1. He will also serve as a member of OGE's audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. Sanner retired as an audit partner from Ernst & Young LLP after serving as office managing partner in multiple offices.

* Orlando Utilities Commission General Manager and CEO Ken Ksionek announced his retirement to the board of commissioners, effective Feb. 1, 2018. Ksionek joined OUC in 1985 as director of construction.

* Broadwind Energy Inc appointed Jason Bonfigt as CFO and treasurer, succeeding Stephanie Kushner, effective Aug. 7. Kushner, who has held the CFO role since May 2016, will continue to serve as president and CEO of the company. Bonfigt joined Broadwind Energy in 2008 and currently serves as vice president and corporate controller.

* Portland General Electric Co. President and CEO Jim Piro is retiring on Dec. 31. Piro, who also serves as a company director, joined the company in 1980 as an engineer. Piro will be succeeded by Maria Pope, currently senior vice president of power supply, operations and resource strategy. She joined the company in 2009 as senior vice president of finance, CFO and treasurer. Pope will assume the president role on Oct. 1 and the role of CEO and board director on Jan. 1, 2018.

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* EQT Corp. and EQT Midstream Partners LP appointed Jeremiah Ashcroft III as president of midstream and senior vice president at EQT, and COO and senior vice president at EQT Midstream Partners. Ashcroft's appointment at EQT is effective Aug. 7. He also will join the board of directors of EQT Midstream Partners. Ashcroft will take the place of Lisa Hyland, who plans to retire in March 2018 but will continue to serve as senior vice president of special projects at EQT until her retirement.

* Atmos Energy Corp., has announced changes to its leadership team, effective Oct. 1. The company's current president and COO, Michael Haefner, has been appointed as president and CEO, while current CEO Kim Cocklin has been appointed to the position of executive chairman of Atmos' board. The current chairman of the board, Robert Best, will continue to serve as a director after Oct. 1.

* Anadarko Petroleum Corp. board member and former Suncor Energy Inc. President and CEO Rick George died Aug. 1 as a result of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. George joined Suncor in 1991 as CEO and served over 21 years at the company's helm. He joined the Anadarko board in 2012.


* Westmoreland Resource Partners LP has announced the resignation of two directors after Westmoreland Coal Co. reported it was lowering its guidance for 2017 due to challenging conditions. Kevin Paprzycki will remain CEO, but he resigned from his directorship and position as chairman of the board of directors at Westmoreland Resources GP LLC, the general partner of WRP, effective immediately. Jennifer Grafton also resigned from her directorship on the board of WRGP and from her position as chief legal officer, effective immediately.

* CNX Coal Resources LP announced CFO and Chief Accounting Officer Lori Ritter will be retiring, effective Aug. 2. Ritter joined CONSOL Energy Inc., which sponsored the creation of the CNX Coal master limited partnership, in 1989, according to CNX Coal's website. Ritter has been the CFO and chief accounting officer of CNX Coal's general partner since March 2015. David Khani, executive vice president and CFO of CONSOL, was appointed to the position of CFO of CNX Coal Resources to fill her position. He is currently a director of the general partner of CNX Coal.


* President Donald Trump is reportedly close to nominating Columbia University law professor Robert Jackson to the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported. Jackson, who had previously been linked to the SEC's open Democratic spot, was reportedly recommended by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to the report, which added that the process is not complete and could change. Jackson is reportedly being vetted for the seat by the White House.