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Alliance Pipeline Project declared it has come of age within its peer group of Canadian natural gas transporters with a symbolic shuffle in its executive suite. Dennis Cornelson was replaced as Alliance president by the organization's chairman since 1997, Norman Gish. Cornelson, a specialist in project and business development rather than corporate administration, had said all along he expected to leave when Alliance matured into a transportation company. The Alliance board of directors described Gish as an ideal choice. His industry experience has been as a senior executive of Canadian oil and gas-field service and production companies, the sector that launched Alliance against fierce opposition by the pipeline establishment. He was president of North Canadian Oils, a leading gas production and marketing house when it was merged in 1993 into Norcen Energy Resources (now the Canadian arm of Union Pacific Resources). Gish also has a record in other fields described as grooming him well for a role at the helm of a pipeline. He has been a regulator, serving as chairman of the British Columbia Energy Commission in 1977-80. He has also been a professional diplomat. A lawyer, Gish started out as a trade commissioner, serving in Hong Kong and Ottawa in the 1960s.

Southern Company Energy Marketing (SCEM), the energy trading and marketing joint venture of Southern Energy Inc. and Vastar Resources, Inc., has named Gary J. Morsches president. Currently senior vice president and COO, Morsches will have responsibility for all of SCEM's commercial and administrative functions. He will oversee the trading, marketing, asset management, structuring, research and human resources functions for the company. Marce Fuller, previously SCEM's CEO, was named president and CEO of Southern Energy in July.

David A. Arledge, chairman and president of the Coastal Corp. has taken over as chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Assn. (INGAA). Stanley C. Horton, chairman of Enron Gas Pipeline Group is first vice chairman and Michael E. J. Phelps, chairman of Westcoast Energy is second vice chairman. The announcements were made at INGAA's annual meeting in Miami.

Roger Young has resigned as the president and a director of FPL Group, citing a difference in management style. Young joined FPL in February after ten years as CEO of Scottish Hydro-Electric plc of Perth, Scotland.

Columbia Energy Group announced that Philip R. Sharp, a public policy leader and former 10-term congressman from Indiana, will serve as advisor to the company on consumer choice and energy deregulation. He is currently a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, focusing on the restructuring of the electric utility industry. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Interior Committee, he chaired the Subcommittee on Fossil Fuels, and the Energy and Power Subcommittee and played a leading a role in natural gas deregulation.

Dynegy announced that John U. Clark, formerly senior vice president, has been named executive vice president, a newly created position. He will work closely with CEO Chuck Watson on the company's future strategic direction.

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