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
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
AGL Resources Inc. named James Hawes III executive vice
president-chief information officer and chief administrative
officer. Since 1996, Hawes was previously president & 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&E 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&E
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
& Utility Industry Services group of Deloitte & Touche
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.