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Atmos Energy Corp (ATO.N)

ATO.N on New York Stock Exchange

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3 Aug 2020
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kim Cocklin

68 2017 Executive Chairman of the Board

John Akers

56 2019 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Christopher Forsythe

48 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Karen Hartsfield

49 2017 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

John Robbins

49 2017 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

David Park

48 2017 Senior Vice President - Utility Operations

Richard Thomas

36 2017 Vice President, Controller (Principal Accounting Officer)

Richard Gordon

70 2016 Lead Independent Director

Stephen Springer

73 2005 Director

Franklin Yoho

59 2020 Director

Robert Best

73 2017 Independent Director

Kelly Compton

62 2016 Independent Director

Sean Donohue

58 2018 Independent Director

Rafael Garza

59 2016 Independent Director

Robert Grable

73 2009 Independent Director

Nancy Quinn

66 2016 Independent Director

Richard Sampson

69 2012 Independent Director

Diana Walters

56 2018 Independent Director

Richard Ware

73 1994 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Kim Cocklin

Mr. Kim R. Cocklin serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Cocklin was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2017, after having served as Chief Executive Officer or President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2010 through September 2017. Mr. Cocklin has served on the Company’s senior management team since June 2006, having served as President and Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 through September 2010, Senior Vice President, Regulated Operations from October 2006 through September 2008 and Senior Vice President from June 2006 through September 2006. Mr. Cocklin has over 35 years of experience in the natural gas industry, most of that serving in senior management positions at Atmos Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas Company and The Williams Companies. Mr. Cocklin has a strong background in the natural gas industry, including interstate pipeline companies, local distribution companies and gas treatment facilities. He also has extensive experience in rates and regulatory matters, business development and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance matters. In addition, Mr. Cocklin has held leadership roles within leading natural gas industry associations, including the Southern Gas Association and the American Gas Association. Due to his professional experience in the energy industry and leadership roles with Atmos Energy, other energy companies and industry associations, as well as possessing those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Cocklin to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

John Akers

Mr. John K. Akers serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Akers has more than 30 years’ experience in the natural gas industry, including 28 with the Company. Over the course of his career, he has gained extensive management and operational experience. Such experience and management skills, as well as his demonstration of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, has led the Board to nominate Mr. Akers to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Christopher Forsythe

Mr. Christopher T. Forsythe serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Forsythe joined the Company in June 2003 and prior to his promotion, served as the Company's Vice President and Controller from May 2009 through January 2017. Prior to joining Atmos Energy, Mr. Forsythe worked in public accounting for 10 years.

Karen Hartsfield

Ms. Karen E. Hartsfield serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms. Hartsfield joined the Company in June 2015, after having served in private practice for 19 years, most recently as Managing Partner of Jackson Lewis LLP in its Dallas office from July 2013 to June 2015. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis as a partner in January 2009, Ms. Hartsfield was a partner with Baker Botts LLP in Dallas.

John Robbins

Mr. John M. Robbins serves as Senior Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. Mr. Robbins joined the Company in May 2013 and prior to this promotion served as Vice President, Human Resources from February 2015 to December 2016. Before joining Atmos Energy, Mr. Robbins had over 20 years of experience in human resources.

David Park

Mr. David J. Park serves as Senior Vice President - Utility Operations of the Company. Mr. Park is responsible for the operations of Atmos Energy’s six utility divisions as well as gas supply. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Park served as the President of the West Texas Division from July 2012 to December 2016. Mr. Park also served as Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs in the Mid-Tex Division and previously held positions in Engineering and Public Affairs. Mr. Park's years of service include 10 years at a company acquired by Atmos Energy in 2004.

Richard Thomas

Mr. Richard M. Thomas serves as Vice President, Controller (Principal Accounting Officer) of the Company. He was appointed by the Board of Directors as vice president and controller, effective February 8, 2017. He was director, capital markets for Atmos Energy. Mr. Thomas joined Atmos Energy in June 2013. Before joining the company, he served as assistant controller for Tuesday Morning Corporation from November 2012 to June 2013. Additionally, Mr. Thomas was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, LLP in the firm’s audit and business advisory services group at the time he left the firm in November 2012, where he began his career upon graduation from Texas A&M University in June 2003.

Richard Gordon

Mr. Richard K. Gordon serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. He is General Partner of Juniper Capital LP in Houston, Texas since March 2003; General Partner of Juniper Energy LP in Houston, Texas since August 2006; General Partner of Juniper Capital II in Houston, Texas since September 2014; and General Partner of Juniper Capital III in Houston, Texas since November 2017. For private equity funds Juniper Capital LP, Juniper Energy LP, Juniper Capital II and Juniper Capital III, Mr. Gordon has been responsible for managing various portfolios that collectively include power generation, mineral, oil and gas, natural gas gathering and oilfield services assets. Prior to working with Juniper Capital, Juniper Energy, Juniper Capital II and Juniper Capital III, Mr. Gordon spent 29 years working with such financial services firms as Dillon, Read & Co., The First Boston Corporation and Merrill Lynch & Co. At such firms, Mr. Gordon was responsible for investment banking activities related to energy and power companies, including natural gas distribution companies. Based upon his extensive business experience in investment banking and the energy industry, his in-depth leadership experience as the Lead Director of the Company and as the former Chair of the HR Committee and as a member of the board of ExoStat Medical, Inc., as well as possessing those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Gordon to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Stephen Springer

Mr. Stephen R. Springer serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Springer’s professional career includes 32 years of experience in the regulated and nonregulated energy industry, while holding leadership roles at Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, Transco Energy Company and The Williams Companies. Mr. Springer’s knowledge of the natural gas industry is based on his experience in the natural gas transmission, marketing, supply, transportation, business development, distribution and gathering and processing segments of the industry. Mr. Springer has outside board experience as an honorary director on the Indiana University Foundation Board and formerly on the board of DCP Midstream Partners, LP, a New York Stock Exchange company. The Board has nominated Mr. Springer to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy in light of his considerable experience in the natural gas industry, his leadership abilities developed while with The Williams Companies and service on the boards of other public companies, and non-profit institutions, as well as his exhibition of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section.

Franklin Yoho

Mr. Franklin H. Yoho has been appointed as Director of the Company effective 5/1/2020. Yoho has over 35 years' experience in the natural gas industry, including senior leadership roles at Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Public Service Company of North Carolina. He previously served on the boards of the American Gas Association and the Southern Gas Association, the advisory board for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte, and the board of trustees for the Institute of Gas Technology. Yoho received his Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington and Jefferson College.

Robert Best

Mr. Robert W. Best serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Best led the senior management team of Atmos Energy from March 1997 until his retirement as the Executive Chairman in April 2013. Prior to joining Atmos Energy, Mr. Best had an extensive background in the natural gas industry, especially in the interstate pipeline, gas marketing and gas distribution segments of the industry, while serving in leadership roles at Consolidated Natural Gas Company, Transco Energy Company and Texas Gas Transmission Corporation during his almost 40-year career. Mr. Best also has outside board experience as a member of the boards of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited and the Gas Technology Institute, with leadership experience as chairman of the boards of Atmos Energy, the American Gas Association, the Southern Gas Association and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Best’s knowledge and expertise in the energy industry and leadership abilities developed while with Atmos Energy, other energy companies and industry associations, as well as his demonstration of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, has led the Board to nominate Mr. Best to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Kelly Compton

Ms. Kelly H. Compton serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Compton has been a philanthropic leader for over 30 years with The Hoglund Foundation, which partners with education and family support agencies in Dallas, Texas. Prior to managing operations for The Hoglund Foundation, Ms. Compton served as Vice President of Commercial Lending for NationsBank Texas and its predecessors for 13 years. Her responsibilities included loan production and administration for large national corporations as well as middle market companies in the Dallas area. Ms. Compton also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Methodist University and the Board of Trustees for The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. As a result of Ms. Compton’s leadership abilities and experience in public and private finance, development and strategic matters, in addition to displaying those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Ms. Compton to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Sean Donohue

Mr. Sean Donohue serves as Independent Director of the Company. His role as Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (the “Airport”), Mr. Donohue is responsible for the management, operation and future strategy and development of the Airport. Mr. Donohue joined the Airport following a 28-year career in the airline industry. Prior to his arrival at the Airport, Mr. Donohue served for three years as the Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Australia Airlines, where he led day-to-day operations for Australia’s second largest air carrier. Prior to that, Mr. Donohue served for 25 years with United Airlines in a variety of executive roles that included operations, sales and commercial startups. As a result of Mr. Donohue’s leadership abilities and experience in strategy and development matters, in addition to displaying those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Donohue to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Rafael Garza

Mr. Rafael G. Garza serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Garza has been responsible for managing various portfolio companies with a particular focus on the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to working with Bravo Equity Partners, Mr. Garza held numerous senior leadership positions with E&Y’s Audit and Advisory and Corporate Finance divisions. Mr. Garza also has served as a leader on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Texas Christian University, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Baylor Scott & White Holdings. Mr. Garza’s in-depth experience with financial management and strategic planning, his leadership abilities and his display of the attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section have resulted in the Board’s nomination of Mr. Garza to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Robert Grable

Mr. Robert C. Grable serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Grable possesses advanced leadership skills developed as a partner and one of seven founders of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, a large regional law firm. Mr. Grable has extensive experience in representing companies in the oil and gas industry, having represented oil and gas producers, pipelines and utilities in transactions, regulatory matters and litigation, for over 40 years. Mr. Grable also has outside board experience as a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation and as an advisory board member for the local division of a global financial services firm. Mr. Grable is also a member of the McDonald Observatory and Astronomy Board of Visitors at the University of Texas at Austin. As a result of his extensive legal experience with clients in the energy industry and leadership experience with boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as possessing those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Grable to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Nancy Quinn

Ms. Nancy K. Quinn serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Quinn provides senior financial and strategic advice, primarily to clients in the energy and natural resources industries. Prior to 2000, Ms. Quinn also held a senior advisory role with the Beacon Group, focusing on energy industry private equity opportunities and merger and acquisition transactions. Ms. Quinn gained extensive experience in independent exploration and production, as well as in diversified natural gas and oilfield service sectors, while holding leadership positions at PaineWebber Incorporated and Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Ms. Quinn has extensive corporate governance leadership experience as Chair of the HR Committee as well as the former Lead Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Atmos Energy, and as a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of Helix Energy Solutions Group. Ms. Quinn was also previously a member of the boards of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas Corp. and DeepTech International Inc. The Board has nominated Ms. Quinn, based upon her considerable experience in the natural gas industry, her demonstrated leadership abilities as a board leader in several public companies and her exhibition of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Richard Sampson

Mr. Richard A. Sampson serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sampson held numerous senior leadership positions with JPMorgan Chase, a global financial services firm, through which he gained extensive knowledge of portfolio management, investment concepts, strategies and analytical methodologies. Mr. Sampson’s experience of over 30 years in investment management has provided him with an understanding of global and domestic macroeconomics and capital market issues, financial markets, securities and a solid understanding of state and federal laws, regulations and policies. In addition to his display of the attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, his substantial experience in investment management, his leadership as Chair of the Audit Committee and his knowledge of complex financial transactions, has led the Board to nominate Mr. Sampson to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Diana Walters

Ms. Diana J. Walters serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Walters has more than 30 years of experience in the natural resources sector, as an equity investor and investment banker, and in other roles within the sector. Ms. Walters is the owner and sole manager of Amichel, LLC, a company that provides advisory services in the field of natural resources. She was the founder of 575 Grant, LLC, a natural resources advisory firm, from 2014 to 2019. She served as the President of Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC managing direct equity investments in the mining sector and as a member of senior management of Liberty Mutual Asset Management from 2010 to 2014. Ms. Walters has extensive investment experience with both debt and equity through various leadership roles at Credit Suisse, HSBC and other firms. She also served previously as Chief Financial Officer of Tatham Offshore Inc., an independent oil and gas company with assets in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of Ms. Walters’ leadership abilities and investments experience, in addition to displaying those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Ms. Walters to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Richard Ware

Mr. Richard Ware II serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ware has developed substantial knowledge of the financial services industry during his over 45-year career with a nationally recognized banking institution. Mr. Ware has a strong background in assessing and overseeing complex financial matters, as well as leadership experience in supervising principal financial officers and experience on the audit or finance committees of Atmos Energy, Southwest Coca Cola Bottling Company and the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University. Due to his valuable insight into financial-related matters gained through his extensive banking industry experience and demonstrated leadership, including in his past and present directorships, as well as his demonstration of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Ware to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

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