FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. today
announced that John E. Schneider has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of
the Company effective immediately.
Schneider had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of
SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, the Michigan division of the Company's natural gas
distribution utility, since February 2001.
Marcus Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY,
Inc., announced the appointment.
"John Schneider has the experience and financial expertise necessary to
help direct this Company through its strategic redirection," Jackson said.
"John has excelled in a number of positions within the Company and his history
with SEMCO ENERGY is a tremendous advantage in his new position. I feel
fortunate to be able to take advantage of his financial and operating
In another top-level change, Jon A. Kosht, President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Company's Michigan's utility, SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, will
assume Chief Operating Officer duties for utility operations in Michigan and
Alaska. Tony Izzo, President of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, the Company's
Alaskan natural gas distribution division, will report directly to Kosht.
Steven W. Warsinske, who has served as interim CFO, will resume his duties as
the Company's Vice President of Accounting & Controller and continue the
responsibilities of Treasurer.
Schneider joined SEMCO ENERGY in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, the Company's non-regulated
subsidiary. It acquires and operates businesses involved in intrastate
pipelines, natural gas storage, propane and energy-related construction in
various regions of the United States. He was named Senior Vice President of
Corporate Development for SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. in 1999.
His background includes a number of senior management positions, including
10 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Primark Corporation's
Financial Services companies, which offered banking and insurance services.
In addition, he was a founding Officer and Director of Westmark Savings Bank.
Schneider served as Assistant Treasurer of Michigan Consolidated Gas
Company and its related subsidiaries with responsibilities for banking
relations and corporate finance. Prior to that he held numerous positions of
increasing responsibility with the Treasurer's Department of American Natural
Resources Company, a large integrated natural gas company located in Detroit.
Schneider holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with a major in
Finance and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that
distributes natural gas to more than 367,000 customers combined in Michigan
and Alaska. It owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas 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
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