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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.


* Chesapeake Utilities Corp. promoted Shane Breakie to assistant vice president, overseeing the company's Delmarva natural gas distribution operations, and Andrew Hesson to vice president of Sharp Energy Inc., the mid-Atlantic propane distribution business unit of Chesapeake. Sharp Energy President Bob Zola will retire in January, according to a Jan. 9 news release.

* Tennessee Valley Authority disclosed in a Jan. 8 filing that Eric Satz's term as a board director of the agency ended Jan. 3.

* SunPower Corp. said Jan. 8 that it appointed Jeff Waters CEO of its SunPower Technologies business unit, effective immediately. In a separate filing, the company said William Mulligan III, executive vice president for global operations, will transition out of his role and agreed to continue serving in the position until March 31.

* Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC COO Mark Marano is retiring as part of a "first phase" of organizational changes aimed at focusing the U.S. nuclear energy technology supplier on its customer base and strengthening its worldwide services and supply chain management capabilities. David Howell, who succeeded Marano as president of Westinghouse's American region, has been appointed to serve as president of the operating plant services for the Americas. Westinghouse also named the current vice president of China projects, Bill Poirier, as interim president of the same unit for Europe, Middle East and Africa while the company conducts an external search to fill the role. David Durham, current senior vice president of new projects business, will become president of a new business unit focused on key growth areas related to the specific stages of plant life-cycle solutions. Westinghouse hired former senior Eaton Corp. executive Pavan Pattada to lead the enhanced global supply chain management unit as its executive vice president.

* PPL Electric Utilities Corp. appointed Lori Mueller vice president of customer services, effective Jan. 14.

* Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s board elected Michael Lewis as senior vice president for electric operations of the utility, effective Jan. 8. He will succeed Patrick Hogan as a principal executive officer of the utility and will report directly to the board of directors. Hogan plans to retire from the PG&E Corp. utility Jan. 28.

* Clearway Energy Inc. announced the retirement of John Chlebowski, the lead independent director of the company's board, effective Jan. 4. He was replaced by Brian Ford, who has served on Clearway Energy's board of directors since July 2013.

* Gregory Nelson will retire as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Ameren Corp., to be succeeded by Chonda Nwamu, effective Aug. 1, according to a Jan. 7 SEC filing. Nwamu, vice president and deputy general counsel, was promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel, effective Jan. 16.

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* Keith Meyer was dismissed as president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. on Jan. 10, while newly appointed board member Doug Smith was voted as the new chair of the board, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Jan. 10. Meyer, who has led Alaska Gasline Development since June 2016, will be replaced by Joe Dubler on an interim basis. Smith is succeeding Dave Cruz as board chair, with Dan Coffey serving as the board's new vice chair. Coffey was appointed to the board by Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy at the same time as Smith.

* Equitrans Midstream Corp.'s subsidiaries unveiled changes to their general partners' boards following Equitrans Midstream's takeover of EQGP Holdings LP to simplify its corporate structure. Kenneth Burke, Kimberly Fleming, Mark Lewis and David Porges resigned as members of the board of EQGP's general partner, EQGP Services LLC, according to a Jan. 10 SEC filing. Porges also stepped down as a director of EQM Midstream Partners LP's general partner, EQM Midstream Services LLC. However, he will remain chairman of Equitrans Midstream. Meanwhile, Robert Cooper was named a director of EQM Midstream's general partner, according to a separate SEC filing. All changes took effect Jan. 10.

* Petróleo Brasileiro SA - Petrobras said Jan. 10 that its board of directors dismissed Chief Exploration and Production Officer Solange da Silva Guedes, who will be temporarily replaced by Rafael Salvador Grisolia, the chief of the financial and investor relations office and the strategy organization and management system. The state-owned integrated oil and gas company also dismissed Chief Technology and Production Development Executive Officer Hugo Repsold Jr., who will be temporarily replaced by Eberaldo de Almeida Neto, the chief corporate affairs executive officer and chief refining and natural gas executive officer. Guedes' dismissal will take effect Jan. 20, and Repsold's is effective Jan. 12. Grisolia and Neto will hold the posts for 90 days until new appointments are announced. The company also named potential appointees Anelise Quintão Lara as chief refining and natural gas executive officer; Carlos Alberto Pereira de Oliveira as chief exploration and production executive officer; Lauro Cotta as strategy, chief organization and management system executive officer; and Rudimar Andreis Lorenzatto as chief technology and production development executive officer.

* Enable Midstream Partners established a new COO organization in its management team, with Craig Harris taking the position of COO, effective Jan. 1. Enable also announced Jan. 9 that it appointed Tina Faraca as senior vice president of commercial. Frank Antoine was promoted to senior vice president of field operations. Other members of the new COO structure under Harris are Michael Walker, vice president of business development; Will McCandless, vice president of system operations; Cary Watson, vice president of safety, environmental and technical programs; Mark Widaski, vice president of engineering and construction; and Margaret Brooks, senior director of commodity management. In addition, Enable named Vlad Klenikov senior vice president of corporate development and finance.

* Williams Cos. Inc. appointed Scott Hallam senior vice president for the company's Atlantic-Gulf Operating Area, according to a Jan. 9 release. He succeeds Frank Ferazzi, who is set to retire.

* Quintana Energy Services Inc. said Jan. 9 that it named Bobby Shackouls an independent director and a member of the company's audit committee, effective immediately.

* Condor Petroleum Inc. appointed Andrew Judson to its board, according to a Jan. 9 release.

* Southern California Gas Co. named Jimmie Cho as the company's COO and Maryam Brown as the company's president Jan. 7. They will replace former SoCalGas President and COO Bret Lane, who was promoted to CEO of the company in December 2018. Cho's appointment is effective Jan. 12, while the effective date of Brown's appointment will be determined at a future date.

* Alta Mesa Resources Inc. named John Regan vice president and CFO, effective Jan. 7.

* Plains All American Pipeline LP said Dan Nerbonne, executive vice president of operations and engineering, died Dec. 31, 2018. Plains GP Holdings LP Senior Vice President of Operations Phil Smith will assume Nerbonne's position on an interim basis.


* Westmoreland Coal Co. announced Jan. 10 that its interim CEO and principal executive officer, Michael Hutchinson, will also be serving as its principal financial officer. The appointment occurred Jan. 9.

* Alliance Resource Partners LP's general partner, Alliance Holdings GP LP, named President and CEO Joseph Craft III chairman of its board of directors. Craft replaces John Neafsey, who retired effective Jan. 1. In addition, Robert Druten was appointed to the general partner's board. Druten will serve as chairman of the conflict committee and as a member of the audit and compensation committees.