National Fuel Announces Management Changes: David F. Smith Named Parent Company's President and Chief Operating Officer; Ronald J. Tanski Named President of the Utility.WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE NYSE
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NFG Neighborhood Funders Group ) announces the following management changes, all to be effective February 1, 2006. National Fuel Gas Company ("National Fuel") is an integrated energy company with more than $3 billion of assets spread across five principal segments. The largest of those segments are: Exploration and Production (Seneca Resources Corporation), Pipeline and Storage (National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire State Pipeline) and Utility (National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation).
David F. Smith has been named President and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. of National Fuel Gas Company. Smith will continue to serve as President of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire State Pipeline. Philip C. Ackerman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company, commented: "The appointment of Dave Smith as President and Chief Operating Officer of National Fuel Gas Company represents a new feature in the Company's management structure. This new position has been designed to allow Dave to focus on the overall operations of the Company as we continue to pursue opportunities for growth. Dave has played a key role in ensuring the ongoing success and profitability of our regulated businesses throughout his nearly three-decades-long career. In his new position, he will be able to apply these skills to all of our businesses."
Philip C. Ackerman remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company.
Ronald J. Tanski will become President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, the Utility segment of National Fuel Gas Company. Tanski will continue to serve as Treasurer and Principal Financial Officer of National Fuel Gas Company. "With more than 20 years experience in virtually every facet of the National Fuel Gas Company system, Ron's experience, combined with his commitment to provide our customers with safe and reliable natural gas service, positions him well to bring continued success to the Utility segment, even as it faces the challenges of today's environment of sustained high energy prices," Ackerman said.
After 41 years of service in a variety of positions, Dennis J. Seeley has announced his retirement as President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. "We are grateful to Dennis for his many years of dedicated service to National Fuel's customers and shareholders. His tenure is one that witnessed enormous changes in the energy industry and Dennis' leadership and accomplishments were integral to the Company's ability to transition and grow during those years. We wish him and his family the very best as he begins this new phase of his life," Ackerman said.
Ackerman added: "I am pleased to announce these management changes which are consistent with our longstanding commitment to provide both leadership and exceptional talent at all levels of our organization."
About David F. Smith
Smith joined the Company in 1978 and has served as President of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire State Pipeline since 2005. He served as President of National Fuel Resources, Inc., from 1991 to 1995 and, in 1999, was named President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. Smith is a 1974 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia SUNY Fredonia was one of the state teachers' colleges traditionally specializing in music education, but now offers a large number of programs in many areas. The most popular areas include Music, Education, Communication, and programs of the Social Sciences. with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science. He also received a Juris Doctorate in 1978 from the State University of New York (body) State University of New York - (SUNY) The public university system of New York State, USA, with campuses throughout the state. at Buffalo School of Law. Smith serves on the following Boards: Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Western New York
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New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State and Erie County Bar Associations. Smith lives in Clarence, New York Clarence is a town located in the northeastern part of Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 26,123 at the 2000 census. Clarence is also the name of a postal district in the south part of the town with ZIP code 14031. .
About Ronald J. Tanski
Tanski joined National Fuel in 1979 and has served in a variety of positions in both the Company's regulated and non-regulated businesses. He was named Controller of the Company's public utility in 1997 and was elected Controller of the parent Company in 2003. In 2004, he was named Treasurer and Principal Financial Officer of the Company and became responsible for the Company's investor relations Investor relations
The process by which the corporation communicates with its investors. , tax, finance and forecasting functions. His experience also includes high-level management positions at Seneca Resources Corporation in Houston, Texas, the Company's non-regulated exploration and production subsidiary; Empire Exploration, Inc., the Company's Appalachian exploration subsidiary whose operations were merged with Seneca Resources in 1994; and Horizon Energy Development, Inc. Tanski earned an MBA MBA
Master of Business Administration
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Master in Business, Master in Business Administration and a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has served on the Board of Directors of the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a United States-based non-profit organization, and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on issues relating to multiple sclerosis, and organize a wide range of programs, including support for the newly and is a member of the Council on Accountancy at Canisius College, and the Texas State and Erie County Bar Associations. Tanski lives in Tonawanda, New York The name Tonawanda refers to several locations in Western New York. Its use confuses even the people who live in nearby Metro Buffalo communities.
National Fuel is an integrated energy company with $3.7 billion in assets comprising five principal operating segments: Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, Energy Marketing, and Timber. Additional information about the Company is available at http://www.nationalfuelgas.com or through its investor information service at 1 (800) 334-2188.