PORT HURON, Mich., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SMGS) today announced organizational changes designed to increase
focus on corporate development activities, produce higher revenue growth from
the diversified businesses and improve operational efficiencies from expanding
businesses. Accelerated earnings growth is the ultimate goal.
"We have made an investment in experienced, skilled and talented people to
help guide and grow the company more effectively," said William L. Johnson,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "By recognizing the strengths of our
senior management team and deploying them to the best advantage, these
appointments will be instrumental in achieving our ambitious goals. In
addition, these appointments recognize the significant accomplishments of
Carl W. Porter, becomes President & Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO
ENERGY, Inc., the holding company. His responsibilities cover SEMCO ENERGY
GAS COMPANY, the Michigan natural gas distribution business, and SEMCO ENERGY
VENTURES. VENTURES is involved in energy infrastructure construction, energy
engineering, quality assurance services, propane distribution and intrastate
pipelines and natural gas storage, that operate in several states. Mr. Porter
also will be responsible for ENSTAR Natural Gas Company and the Alaska
Pipeline Company, both located in the Anchorage, Alaska region, once the
announced acquisition of the two businesses is completed. Mr. Porter reports
to William L. Johnson.
John E. Schneider, who has been serving as Senior Vice President of SEMCO
ENERGY VENTURES, becomes Senior Vice President of the Corporate Development
group. Schneider will be responsible for corporate acquisitions in both the
natural gas distribution and diversified energy businesses. Mr. Schneider
reports to William L. Johnson.
Jon A. Kosht, who has been serving as Vice President of Gas Supply, Rates
and Regulatory Affairs of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY becomes President of that
natural gas distribution business. Mr. Kosht reports to Mr. Porter.
Robert A. Stone, who was serving as Vice President of Marketing and
Customer Service of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, becomes President of SEMCO
ENERGY VENTURES, and reports to Mr. Porter.
Ebrahim (Abby) Moradian, who has been serving as Director of Field
Administration, becomes Vice President of Marketing of the natural gas
distribution unit, SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY. Mr. Moradian reports to Mr.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., a diversified energy services and infrastructure
company owns SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, which distributes natural gas to more
than 250,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Michigan's
Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Diversified Businesses are owned and operated under SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES,
which acquires and operates companies involved in gas engineering and quality
assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane distribution,
intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage businesses in Iowa, Kansas,
Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
CONTACT: Media, Francis R. Lieder, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098, or Analysts, Edric R. Mason, Jr., 810-989-4104, or fax, 810-989-4098, both of SEMCO ENERGY