... NiSource Chief Operating Officer Stanley Retires  

NiSource Chief Operating Officer Stanley Retires

Merrillville, Indiana-based NiSource Inc. announced March 24 that Jim Stanley, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire from the company effective June 1, after more than 40 years in the energy industry.

“Jim’s legacy of leadership experience and true dedication to customer and community service have set standards of excellence that will serve NiSource stakeholders for years to come,” said NiSource president and CEO Joe Hamrock. “He’s built a team prepared to continue delivering on our well-established programs and enhancing our services to our customers.”

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With the announcement, Pablo Vegas has been named executive vice president, gas segment, and chief customer officer, effective May 1. In this role, he will assume the additional responsibilities for leading field operations across NiSource’s seven natural gas companies. Consistent with NiSource’s business strategy, he will focus on leveraging and enhancing the scale of the gas business and more closely aligning the organization in serving our customers.

“Pablo’s demonstrated vision and commitment to excellence in customer service and operations, driven by high engagement and collaboration with employees and stakeholders, provide the leadership to build on our successful execution and set the course for continued growth,” said Hamrock.

Vegas joined NiSource in 2016 as executive vice president and president, Columbia Gas Group, after serving in various leadership roles in the utility industry.

Concurrent with Vegas’ enhanced role, Mike Finissi will become executive vice president, safety, capital execution and technical services. With responsibility for capital programs, engineering, safety, environmental, technical training and shared services, he’ll continue NiSource’s focused strategy and plan on achieving industry leadership in safety and delivering shared, integrated platforms.

Hamrock added, “Mike’s track record of sustained execution of our capital programs, built on his deep experience in operations and safety leadership, makes him ideally suited to sustain our performance while driving continued gains in safety, training and infrastructure programs.”

Finissi joined NiSource in 2010 as senior vice president and chief operating officer for NIPSCO, after serving in various leadership roles in the utility industry. In 2015 he was named senior vice president, capital execution. He will report to Hamrock and join the executive leadership team.

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