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Rosput Takes Atlanta Gas Light Helm

Rosput Takes Atlanta Gas Light Helm

AGL Resources has named Paula G. Rosput to be president and COO of its unbundling natural gas distribution company, Atlanta Gas Light. She will assume her new responsibilities Sept. 21. Rosput was previously president and CEO of Duke Energy Power Services and was president of PanEnergy Power Services prior to PanEnergy's merger with Duke Power last year. Prior to that she was senior vice president at Pacific Gas Transmission.

"Her wealth of experience in gas and electric utilities, natural gas pipelines and competitive energy businesses will help the company as it prepares for the rapidly changing and increasingly competitive utility industry," said Walter M. Higgins, the new president and CEO of AGL Resources.

Rosput led the team that certificated and built the Pacific Gas Transmission Co. expansion in 1993, the biggest mainline pipeline ever built in the U.S. And while at Duke Energy Power Services, she created a company with $1.5 billion in unregulated assets in three years. With the transformed position of Atlanta Gas Light into an unbundled utility starting in November, Rosput likely will have to draw on her leadership experience in both regulated and unregulated businesses.

"The challenge here is first and foremost to transform the bundled franchise utility company into a common carrier," Rosput said in an interview with NGI. "Basically you're transforming the local distribution company into a pipeline with small diameter pipe. To do that in a way that is a positive for customers, many of whom are skeptical about the benefits of deregulation, and to do it in a way that satisfies the competing needs of regulators and shareholders, is critical.

"I think the law is very clear at this point as to what is expected of the company so fortunately for me there's an overarching framework in which the unbundling will take effect. But I certainly have every optimism of starting out on the right foot with the regulators in Georgia."

Catherine Land-Waters, who has been the acting utility president since May, will continue her previous job as Atlanta Gas Light's vice president of customer service.

Rocco Canonica

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