Maher Retiring From Washington Gas
Patrick J. Maher, chairman of Washington Gas Light, will retire
effective March 1. He will begin his leave pending retirement on
Dec. 1. Maher joined the company in 1974 as vice president and
chief financial officer, and subsequently held the positions of
executive vice president of finance and administration, president,
and chief executive officer. He has been a member of the board of
directors since 1988 and became chairman in 1992.
In 1996, Maher was selected as the best chief executive officer
in the "Utilities: Gas and Water" category by FinancialWorld
magazine. He was one of 38 CEOs considered in that category. Maher
received the American Gas Association Distinguished Service Award
The Board of Directors elected James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., 45,
chairman of the board and chief executive officer, effective Dec.
Joseph M. Schepis, 45, was elected president and chief operating
officer, also effective Dec. 1. Schepis was also elected to the
board of directors with his term to begin in December.
DeGraffenreidt served as president and CEO since Jan. 1. He had
served as president and chief operating officer since 1994. Schepis
currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating
officer. In 1994 he was elected senior vice president and chief
financial officer. Before serving in those positions, he was
treasurer, then vice president of rates and regulatory affairs.
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