PORT HURON, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective today, SEMCO ENERGY,
Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS) announced that Senior Vice President & Chief Financial
Officer Robert L. Digan II will resign to accept a position with Sky Mall,
Inc., located in Phoenix, Arizona. Digan will assist SEMCO ENERGY with
transition plans until he joins Sky Mall in November. SEMCO is conducting a
national search for his successor and expects to fill the position by year-
A dedicated father, Mr. Digan cited work-family issues associated with
the transition from his family's former home in Arizona to Michigan. Digan
had been with the firm since July 1997.
In accepting Digan's decision, Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer William L. Johnson said, "In just over a year, Bob has accomplished
much of the work that needed to be done for SEMCO ENERGY to achieve its
strategic and financial goals. He has functioned as an accomplished financial
strategist and tactician, a tireless worker, and a skillful team builder. We
are on very solid fiscal ground due to his work and we appreciate his
"In a day and age when the responsibilities of family life are more
challenging than ever, we must respect and even admire Bob's decision -- it
was just the right thing to do. He has our sincere thanks for doing the job
we asked of him and he and his family have our very best wishes as well," said
"I have enjoyed helping position SEMCO ENERGY for the future and being
part of an outstanding management team dedicated to enhancing shareholder
value. However, my family has always been my first priority and, while
Michigan is a wonderful place, our hearts are in Arizona," said Digan.
SEMCO ENERGY Vice President of Corporate Development Paul F. Naughton, a
principal of Thompson and Naughton, Inc., has been named interim Chief
Financial Officer until a replacement for Digan can be found. Naughton has
been associated with SEMCO ENERGY since early 1997 and has coordinated four
acquisitions for the company in addition to other financial duties. His
previous experience includes President & COO of Potomac Capital Investment
Corporation, Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Primark Corporation
and Treasurer of American Natural Resources Company.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is an energy-focused holding company with three
subsidiaries: SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, a regulated natural gas distribution
company with approximately 240,000 customers in Michigan; SEMCO ENERGY
SERVICES, an unregulated marketer of natural gas and related services;
and SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, which operates and acquires companies involved in
natural gas pipeline and distribution construction, construction engineering
and propane operations.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder Jr. of SEMCO, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098