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Jack L. Messman, chairman and CEO of Forth Worth, TX-based Union Pacific Resources Group, will retire and UPR President George Lindahl III will succeed him as well as remain president of the company. Messman has led UPR for more than eight years. He joined the company in 1991 while it was a subsidiary of Union Pacific Corp. He oversaw an initial public offering in 1995 and the full spin-off of the oil and gas company from Union Pacific in 1996. Lindahl has more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas business and came to UPR in 1987 as exploration manager after working for 19 years in exploration and production, primarily as an executive with BP Amoco. He has been the company's president since 1996.

Williams' gas pipeline unit announced three organizational changes effective Aug. 1. Gary D. Lauderdale has been named senior vice president and general manager of Williams Gas Pipeline-Transco; David L. Young has been named senior vice president and general manager of Williams Gas Pipeline-Texas Gas/Central and Ronald M. Mucci will become senior vice president of Williams' gas pipeline shared services group. The appointments follow Williams' July 1 promotion of Cuba Wadlington Jr. to executive vice president and COO. Wadlington will become president and CEO of the gas pipeline group upon Brian E. O'Neill's retirement Jan. 1, 2000. All the new appointees had moved up through the ranks of Williams' pipelines.

Altra Energy Technologies, consolidating its recent acquisitions of TransEnergy Management, Energy Imperium and QuickTrade, announced a restructured management team. Mark Crosno, who moved over from Enron in 1998 to become Altra's vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to president of Altra's Electronic Trading Services. William Betts, who had managed Altra's software sales team, has been promoted to vice president of sales. Paul Bourke, Altra's president and CEO, said the company would consolidate all of its critical client-related functions under Cleve Hogarth as senior vice president of the Client Services group. Hogarth had been with TransEnergy, as vice president of sales and marketing.

Duke Energy announced the hiring of Robert Howell to the executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions position for its Energy Services Group, effective July 1. Howell will now report to Harvey Padewer, group president of Energy Services. Before joining Duke Energy, Howell was senior vice president of corporate development for UtiliCorp United Inc.

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