Executives promoted to head Dominion Energy, Dominion Virginia Power

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Dominion is promoting two executives to head its Dominion Energy and Dominion Virginia Power business groups effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Diane Leopold, currently president of Dominion Energy, will become president and CEO of Dominion Energy. She will be responsible for all of Dominion's natural gas businesses.

Robert M. Blue, who currently serves in a dual role as both senior vice president–Law, Regulation and Policy and as president of the Dominion Virginia Power business unit, will become president and CEO of Dominion Virginia Power. He will give up responsibilities for law, regulation, environment and public policy.

Leopold and Blue will report to Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell II.

"Diane and Bob consistently have exhibited outstanding leadership, sound judgment and the kind of vision needed to guide our company and serve our stakeholders in today's fast-changing environment," Farrell said. "Their broad experience also will serve them and Dominion well in their new roles. We are fortunate to have people of such high caliber in these important positions."

The company also announced new roles for two other senior executives.

David A. Christian, currently executive vice president, CEO of Dominion Energy Infrastructure Group and CEO of Dominion Virginia Power, will become executive vice president and the company's first chief innovation officer. In his new role, Christian will work across business units to foster innovation, creativity and development in Dominion's people, processes and strategies.

Mark O. Webb, currently senior vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer, will become senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief legal officer. He will add responsibilities for government affairs, corporate communications, community affairs and philanthropy.

Christian and Webb also will report to Farrell.

Leopold joined Dominion Virginia Power in 1995. Her recent positions include senior vice president-Business Development & Generation Construction and senior vice president–Dominion Transmission. She assumed her current post in January 2014. Leopold also serves as chair of the Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Association of America (INGAA), the first woman to hold the position.

Blue joined Dominion in 2005. He has held several executive positions in law, public policy and corporate communications as well as serving a prior stint as president of Dominion Virginia Power. His previous positions include senior vice president of public policy and environment and senior vice president of regulation, law, energy solutions and policy. He assumed his current post in January 2016.

Christian joined Virginia Power in 1976 and has held a variety of management positions with Dominion. Before being named CEO of Dominion Generation Group in June 2009, Christian was chief nuclear officer of the company's Dominion Nuclear business unit. He assumed his current post in January 2016.

Webb joined Dominion in 1997 as assistant general counsel and served in several positions with the law and alternative energy solutions groups. He was named vice president and general counsel in January 2013 and assumed the responsibilities of chief risk officer in January 2014. He was named senior vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer in May 2016.

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