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Arthur L. Smith resigned as chairman and CEO of Torch Energy Advisors Inc. effective immediately. Smith joined the Houston-based company June 1, 1998 from John S. Herold Inc. Torch President Kenneth E. White Jr. said the board of employee-owned Torch and Smith "concluded that their operational and strategic differences would best be resolved by going in separate directions." Torch intends to focus on providing outsourcing services and capital to the upstream oil and gas industry. Smith plans to focus his efforts on personal energy investments in North America, the company said. Torch founder J.P. Bryan became senior managing director.

Kerr-McGee Corp. named John F. Reichenberger deputy general counsel of litigation, Greg Pilcher deputy general counsel of business transactions, and Don Hager assistant general counsel and assistant secretary.

Southern Company Energy Marketing named Gary J. Morsches senior vice president and chief operating officer. Morsches will be responsible for all the company's commercial functions, including marketing, trading, energy capital, asset management, structuring and research. Prior to his appointment, Morsches served as senior vice president for trading operations. He joined the company in January 1997 from Sostram Corp. He also served as a director at Enron Gas Services Co. and as director of energy futures trading for Access Energy, where he traded the first natural gas futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange in April 1990.

James C. Fleming was named vice president and associate general counsel for Southern Company. Fleming previously served as a partner for the Troutman Sanders law firm since 1985, specializing in financial issues and federal and state tax law. John F. Young, vice president of the company's wholesale power marketing group, has been named executive vice president of Southern Company's generation unit.

AGL Resources Inc. named James Hawes III executive vice president-chief information officer and chief administrative officer. Since 1996, Hawes was previously president &amp CEO of Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utility in the United States with more than 500,000 customers and $500 million in annual revenues. He will assume his new responsibilities Nov. 16. Hawes was CEO of US West Communications from 1991 to 1996.

Michael R. Whitley, vice chairman and chief operating officer of LG&ampE Energy plans to retire Nov. 1. Prior to his current position, Whitley was chairman, president and chief executive officer of KU Energy Corp., which completed its merger into LG&ampE Energy in May 1998. Whitley's position of vice chairman and chief operating officer will not be filled at the present time.

EnerTech Capital Partners added John A. Higley to its advisory board. Higley is the senior global energy partner for the Energy &amp Utility Industry Services group of Deloitte &amp Touche Consulting.

Robert S. Lilien, vice president and general counsel, Duke Energy corporate and energy services, will become the head of Diversified Operations, and will report to Duke Chairman Richard Priory. He will succeed Richard C. Ranson, who led the business unit since its inception in 1997. Ranson will retire effective Nov. 30 after a 27-year career with Duke.

Cascade Natural Gas Corp. announced Ralph E. Boyd, president and COO, will retire at the end of September, after thirty-three years with the company. Boyd began his career with Cascade in 1965. W. Brian Matsuyama, Cascade's chairman and CEO, will assume the additional title of president.

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