AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) today announced the appointment of Bryan Batson as president of Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas and Florida City Gas, and senior vice president of Southern Operations for AGL Resources. Mr. Batson will oversee all aspects of operations for the three utilities in AGL Resources' Southern region, which serve approximately 1.7 million customers across three states. After more than 20 years with AGL Resources, Steve Lindsey is leaving the company to pursue an expanded role within the natural gas industry.
"We are fortunate to have Bryan's leadership in this important role," said Hank Linginfelter, executive vice president, Distribution Operations for AGL Resources. "His experience in utility operations, combined with his expertise in the regulatory arena allows him to bring a unique perspective to the position and ensure the customers of Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas and Florida City Gas continue to enjoy safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service."
Most recently, Mr. Batson was senior vice president, Commercial Operations, which included oversight of the customer experience for the company's approximately 4.5 million customers served by its seven natural gas distribution companies, as well as setting regulatory and legislative strategy, utility marketing and energy efficiency programs for the utilities. After beginning his nearly three-decade career as an engineer and transitioning into field operations, Mr. Batson focused on regulatory affairs, culminating in executive oversight and coordination of all governmental and regulatory matters involving the company's regulated utilities.
Mr. Batson serves on the board of directors for the AGL Resources Private Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and on the Grady Health System Board of Visitors. He received his bachelor of civil engineering from Clemson University and holds a master in technology management from Mercer University.
Scott Carter has been named senior vice president, Commercial Operations, and in this role, will have oversight of customer experience, energy efficiency and utility marketing activities for the company's seven natural gas distribution companies. He also will continue to serve as the company's chief regulatory officer, responsible for regulatory strategy in all jurisdictions.
"Scott's progressive leadership experience makes him an ideal leader to guide our energy efficiency and marketing initiatives and ensure we're delivering on the promise of a superior customer experience in all of our regulated utilities," said Mr. Linginfelter.
Mr. Carter serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Southern Region Blood Services. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Carter holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Valdosta State University.
Jim Kibler, vice president, External Affairs and Public Policy, is responsible for directing the company's overall governmental and public policy initiatives. He also oversees the enterprise-wide economic development and community relations activities in the more than 1,100 communities in seven states served by our natural gas utilities.
Mr. Linginfelter added, "With energy at the forefront of our national dialogue, our public policy initiatives are increasingly critical to the success of our company, as well as the energy security of our country, and Jim has superb skills for leading these efforts."
Mr. Kibler serves as vice chair of the American Gas Association's legislative committee and is a member of the advisory council for the Trust for Public Lands in Georgia. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree, with honors, from the University of Richmond.
Mr. Batson, Mr. Carter and Mr. Kibler are based in Atlanta and will report to Linginfelter.
Additionally, David Weaver has been named vice president, Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he will lead the regulatory strategy for all of the company's seven regulated utilities. Mr. Weaver earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is based in Atlanta and will report to Mr. Carter.