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NiSource announces leadership changes

NiSource Inc. on Dec. 12 announced several changes to its management team as it continues to repair gas distribution systems and restore service in the Greater Lawrence, Mass., area, following an explosion and fires that resulted in one death and dozens of structures damaged.

The appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Pablo Vegas, who served as chief restoration officer, will reassume leadership of the gas segment as executive vice president and president of gas utilities. He will take charge of strategy, planning, operations, regulatory and community engagement for the seven NiSource gas companies. He will report to NiSource President and CEO Joe Hamrock.

Former NiSource Chief Transformation Officer Mark Kempic will assume the role of COO of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Inc. In his new role, Kempic will lead the next phase of restoration in the Greater Lawrence area and will have operational responsibility for the state.

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts President Steve Bryant will focus on external, customer and regulatory responsibilities. Both Bryant and Kempic will report to Vegas.

The following executives will also report to Hamrock:

* Donald Brown, executive vice president and CFO, will lead finance, regulatory strategy, IT and supply chain services.

* Violet Sistovaris will retain her role as executive vice president and president of Northern Indiana Public Service Co. She will be in charge of strategy, planning, operations and regulatory activities for NiSource's electric business segment.

* Carrie Hightman, executive vice president and chief legal officer, will continue to oversee legal services, federal government affairs and communications.

* Mike Finissi, executive vice president for safety and gas technical services, will assume leadership of gas operations support including safety, environmental, technical training, engineering and safety management system implementation.

* Suzanne Surface will assume the role of chief services officer leading human resources, customer services, and corporate transformation and services.

* Pete Disser will reassume the role of vice president for internal audit.