PORT HURON, Mich., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN)
today announced that Carl W. Porter has resigned as Company President and
Chief Operating Officer. His resignation, effective July 31, is for personal
William L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY,
Inc., will resume the duties of President of the Company. The Presidents of
SEMCO ENERGY Inc.'s natural gas distribution divisions, Jon Kosht of SEMCO
ENERGY GAS COMPANY and Barrett Hatches of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, as well
as Robert Stone, President of the Company's construction and engineering
subsidiary, SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, will report directly to Johnson.
Porter joined SEMCO ENERGY in 1996 as Senior Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer and played a role in its transformation into a national
energy and infrastructure company. He became President in 1999.
"I feel confident that I leave SEMCO ENERGY well positioned for continued
growth and increased success in the energy and infrastructure markets," Porter
"I feel privileged to have been part of the Company's growth over the past
years. With the strong management team at SEMCO ENERGY, I am confident my
departure will be seamless," he said.
Johnson announced Porter's resignation with regret.
"Carl and I have worked together for 15 years at three companies and he
has always been a team player and a very significant contributor to the
success of each company. That is certainly no less true here at SEMCO ENERGY.
I wish him every success in the future."
Porter joined SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. after serving as Vice President of Gas
Industry for Itron, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of automated meter
reading devices. His earlier positions include: Senior Vice President of
Operations and Engineering at New Jersey Resources (Wall, NJ); Vice President
of Operations for the Gas Division of Western Resources (Topeka, KS); and
Director of Engineering at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. (Grand Rapids, MI).
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 customers
in Michigan and Alaska. It also owns and operates businesses involved in
natural gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction
services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage
in various regions of the United States. In addition, it provides information
technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
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