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Michael I. German has been elected president and COO of New York State Electric & Gas based in Ithaca, NY. German joined NYSEG in 1994 as senior vice president of the company's Gas Business Unit. Prior to that he was senior vice president of the American Gas Association in Washington. NYSEG is the primary subsidiary of Energy East Corp., which offered to buy Connecticut Energy Corp. for $617 million last Friday.

Tom Brown Inc., Midland, TX, has hired Jim Lightner to be president of the company. He will join the company in its Denver office immediately. Lightner most recently was vice president and general mangers of the Denver office of Enron Oil and Gas. The company's former president, Bill Granberry elected to not relocate to Denver as part of the corporate headquarters relocation and has resigned effective May 31.

Coastal Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, has announced three promotions. Gregory W. Hutson is senior vice president, responsible for all worldwide land and oil and gas marketing activities of this Coastal Corp. subsidiary. John T. Elzner is vice president onshore land and Jon Nelsen is director of land business development focusing on acquisitions and divestitures. All three joined Coastal in the early '80s.

The Gas Research Institute has promoted two executives. William M. Burnett, who has been with GRI since 1978, has moved up from his most recent position as vice president and general manager to executive vice president. Raymond G. Giese, who joined GRI last year, has been named vice president of marketing and sales.

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