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Duncan Joins Atmos Energy Corporation as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

DALLAS, July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE: ATO) today announced that Leslie H. (Les) Duncan has joined Atmos as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Before joining Atmos, Duncan was Senior Vice President & CIO for Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. Prior to that he was Vice President & CIO for The Limited and earlier served as Director, Information Services for British Petroleum Company PLC. Prior to acquiring his corporate experience, Duncan served as a Telecommunications Officer in the US Air Force.

Duncan holds a degree in Mathematics from Wichita State University and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He also earned an MBA from the University of Alaska.

"We are very pleased to have Les join the Atmos leadership team," said Patrick Reddy, Senior Vice President & CFO. "The knowledge, experience and proven leadership abilities that Les brings to Atmos will be critical in enhancing our technology platforms which support our strategy of growth through acquisitions."

Duncan replaces Cleaburne Fritz, Vice President, Information Services who is retiring from Atmos later this year with more than 30 years of service. "Cleaburne is one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with", said Reddy. "The "state of the art" technology infrastructure Atmos enjoys today exists largely due to Cleaburne's vision, passion and leadership throughout the years".

Atmos Energy Corporation of Dallas, Texas distributes natural gas to nearly 1.4 million customers in 11 states through its operating divisions -- Atmos Energy Louisiana, Energas Company, Greeley Gas Company, United Cities Gas Company, and Western Kentucky Gas Company. The Company's non-utility operations include Woodward Marketing, Atmos Power Systems, Inc., irrigation, underground storage, the sale of retail products and services, and an indirect equity interest in Heritage Propane Partners. For more information about Atmos Energy Corporation, please visit the Company's website at www.atmosenergy.com."

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