Piedmont Natural Gas Co. CEO Thomas E. Skains was elected to serve as chairman of the American Gas Association's (AGA) board of directors for 2009. Skains joined Charlotte, NC-based Piedmont Natural Gas in 1995, became COO in 2002 and became CEO in 2003. He previously served as senior vice president of Transportation and Customer Services at Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. and was a corporate attorney in Houston. AGA's other officers for 2009 will be: Robert C. Skaggs, Jr., CEO of NiSource Inc. (first vice chairman); John W. Somerhalder II, CEO of AGL Resources Inc. (second vice chairman); and David M. McClanahan, CEO of CenterPoint Energy (immediate past chairman).
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