Arthur L. Smith resigned as chairman and CEO of Torch EnergyAdvisors Inc. effective immediately. Smith joined the Houston-basedcompany June 1, 1998 from John S. Herold Inc. Torch PresidentKenneth E. White Jr. said the board of employee-owned Torch andSmith “concluded that their operational and strategic differenceswould best be resolved by going in separate directions.” Torchintends to focus on providing outsourcing services and capital tothe upstream oil and gas industry. Smith plans to focus his effortson 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 generalcounsel of litigation, Greg Pilcher deputy general counsel ofbusiness transactions, and Don Hager assistant general counsel andassistant secretary.
Southern Company Energy Marketing named Gary J. Morsches seniorvice president and chief operating officer. Morsches will beresponsible for all the company’s commercial functions, includingmarketing, trading, energy capital, asset management, structuringand research. Prior to his appointment, Morsches served as seniorvice president for trading operations. He joined the company inJanuary 1997 from Sostram Corp. He also served as a director atEnron Gas Services Co. and as director of energy futures tradingfor Access Energy, where he traded the first natural gas futurescontract on the New York Mercantile Exchange in April 1990.
James C. Fleming was named vice president and associate generalcounsel for Southern Company. Fleming previously served as apartner for the Troutman Sanders law firm since 1985, specializingin 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’sgeneration unit.
AGL Resources Inc. named James Hawes III executive vicepresident-chief information officer and chief administrativeofficer. Since 1996, Hawes was previously president & CEO ofPhiladelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utilityin the United States with more than 500,000 customers and $500million in annual revenues. He will assume his new responsibilitiesNov. 16. Hawes was CEO of US West Communications from 1991 to 1996.
Michael R. Whitley, vice chairman and chief operating officer ofLG&E Energy plans to retire Nov. 1. Prior to his currentposition, Whitley was chairman, president and chief executiveofficer of KU Energy Corp., which completed its merger into LG&EEnergy in May 1998. Whitley’s position of vice chairman and chiefoperating officer will not be filled at the present time.
EnerTech Capital Partners added John A. Higley to its advisoryboard. Higley is the senior global energy partner for the Energy& Utility Industry Services group of Deloitte & ToucheConsulting.
Robert S. Lilien, vice president and general counsel, DukeEnergy corporate and energy services, will become the head ofDiversified Operations, and will report to Duke Chairman RichardPriory. He will succeed Richard C. Ranson, who led the businessunit 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 andCOO, will retire at the end of September, after thirty-three yearswith the company. Boyd began his career with Cascade in 1965. W.Brian Matsuyama, Cascade’s chairman and CEO, will assume theadditional title of president.
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