Atmos Energy makes executive appointments

Atmos Energy Corp. (NYSE: ATO) has made two promotions to its senior management team, both effective Oct. 1. Michael E. Haefner, executive vice president, will be promoted to president and COO. Additionally, Marvin L. Sweetin, senior vice president of utility operations, has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of safety and utility services.

In his new role, Haefner will have responsibility for the operations of Atmos Energy’s utility divisions in eight states and customer service; he will also have continued responsibility for the regulated intrastate pipeline division, the nonregulated operations and the gas supply and services group. Haefner will continue to report to Kim R. Cocklin, who will remain CEO.

Prior to joining Atmos Energy in June 2008, Haefner served as senior vice president of human resources for Sabre Holdings and helped lead the spinoff of Sabre from American Airlines, as well as take public. His 30-year work history includes experience in dynamic industries, with over half of his career having been spent in senior management and leadership positions. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree from the State University of New York–Buffalo.

In his new role, Sweetin will continue to serve on the company’s Management Committee and report to Cocklin. Sweetin will have overall responsibility for pipeline and distribution safety and compliance, business process and change management, new technology evaluation and deployment, supply chain and facilities management, and workforce development.

Sweetin has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, 15 of those with Atmos Energy. Previously, he served as senior vice president of utility operations, vice president of customer service, director of technical training, and director of procurement. He is also a former chair of the company’s Utility Operations Council. Before joining Atmos Energy, Sweetin spent 13 years with Atlantic Richfield Co. in various roles supporting exploration and production activities in countries around the world. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Dallas.

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