PORT HURON, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Under a plan designed to
provide the Company with skilled leadership well into the future, William L.
Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY
(NYSE: SEN), today announced the election of Marcus Jackson, a current member
of the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Company. After holding a number of senior management positions, in May 2000,
Jackson, who is 49, became the Executive Vice President of Kansas City Power &
Light Company. The firm is a leading provider of energy and related products
and services in Kansas City, MO. He also is the President of Great Plains
Johnson remains as Chairman of the SEMCO ENERGY Board until a date to be
announced in 2002, after which he will retire. During the transition, Johnson
will focus primarily on the continuing growth of NATCOMM, SEMCO's engineering
and construction business.
"This change is the natural result of ongoing leadership succession
planning," Johnson said. "It's the product of very methodical work that we've
conducted for some time. We were fortunate to have Marc join our Board in
1999. He is an outstanding and proven leader and I am delighted that he has
agreed to join us as President and Chief Executive Officer."
Slated to begin his new assignment at SEMCO on June 1, Jackson said, "The
changing energy environment presents many opportunities for personal as well
as industry leadership. I have supported the approaches taken by SEMCO ENERGY
to increase long-term shareholder value and look forward to working with the
excellent team the Company has in place."
Of his own tenure at SEMCO ENERGY, which began in 1996, Johnson said,
"Upon my retirement, I will have spent more than six years as the leader of a
publicly held company and that's a good, long time by today's standards. I am
pleased with the work done to reinvent the company and position SEMCO ENERGY
for a bright future. Marc Jackson already is a member of the team and has 23
years' experience in the utility industry that includes expertise in
engineering, operations, finance, mergers and acquisitions and organization
development. He has helped refine our Strategic Plan and I have every
confidence he will provide the leadership necessary to enhance shareholder
value in the coming years."
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that
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 market.
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CAPTION: DEW050-a SEMCO ENERGY PRESIDENT MARCUS JACKSON Marcus Jackson, president and CEO Semco Energy, Inc. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] PORT HURON, MI USA 04/25/2001
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