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SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. Names Rudolfo D. Cifolelli Senior Vice President And Chief Information Officer

PORT HURON, Mich., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Rudolfo D. Cifolelli has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS)

The announcement was made today by William L. Johnson, Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"It is a pleasure to add someone of Rudy's experience to the SEMCO ENERGY management team," he said. "Rudy brings with him the knowledge and expertise required to oversee completion of our Year 2000 preparations and to guide our progression into the next generation of technology."

Cifolelli joins SEMCO ENERGY Nov. 16 after two years as president and owner of OACIS, INC. He founded the computer consulting firm in 1996 after seven years with the GENIX GROUP, the company he developed for MCN Energy Group, Inc. During his tenure with the GENIX GROUP, the company became recognized as one of the Top 10 computer service outsourcing firms in the nation.

"Personally, I am delighted to be joining a senior management team that is committed to its mission and has demonstrated a bias for action and results. Professionally, I am looking forward to leading an effort to support each SEMCO ENERGY business unit and subsidiary by deploying technology solutions that improve customer service and enhance shareholder value."

Before launching The GENIX GROUP, Cifolelli was President and Chief Operating Officer of MCN Computer Services. He also held several senior management positions for the National Bank of Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the Detroit College of Business. Cifolelli is involved in a number of civic activities. He currently is Chairman of the Henry Ford Community College Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Eastern Michigan University President's Council, a trustee of the Detroit College of Business Development Board and a member of the Henry Ford Health System Executive Philanthropy Council.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a Port Huron, MI.-based energy-focused holding company with three direct subsidiaries: SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, a regulated local distribution company with 240,000 customers in Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas; SEMCO ENERGY SERVICES, an unregulated division marketing natural gas in the United States and Canada; and SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, which acquires and operates companies involved in natural gas pipeline and distribution system construction, pipeline engineering and propane operations.
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