People: Atmos Energy Corp (ATO)

ATO on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Best

67 2013 Chairman of the Board

Kim Cocklin

62 2010 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Bret Eckert

46 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Louis Gregory

58 2012 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Michael Haefner

53 2008 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Marvin Sweetin

50 2011 Senior Vice President - Utility Operations

Stephen Springer

67 2005 Director

Richard Douglas

66 2007 Independent Director

Ruben Esquivel

70 2008 Independent Director

Richard Gordon

64 2001 Independent Director

Robert Grable

67 2009 Independent Director

Thomas Meredith

72 1995 Independent Director

Nancy Quinn

60 2004 Independent Director

Richard Sampson

63 2012 Independent Director

Richard Ware

67 1994 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Best

Mr. Robert W. Best is Chairman of the Board of Atmos Energy Corp.Mr. Best led the senior management team of Atmos Energy, from March 1997 until his retirement as Chief Executive Officer on September 30, 2010. 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 the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited and the Gas Technology Institute, with leadership experience as chairman of the boards of Atmos Energy, American Gas Association, Southern Gas Association and 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.

Kim Cocklin

Mr. Kim R. Cocklin is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Atmos Energy Corp. Mr. Cocklin was promoted to lead Atmos Energy as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010 and has been on the Company’s senior management team since June 2006. Mr. Cocklin has over 31 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. Mr. Cocklin has held leadership roles within leading natural gas industry associations, including the Southern Gas Association and 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.

Bret Eckert

Mr. Bret J. Eckert is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Atmos Energy Corpo. He joined the Company in June 2012 as Senior Vice President, and on October 1, 2012 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Eckert was an Assurance Partner with Ernst & Young LLP where he developed extensive accounting and financial experience in the natural gas industry over his 22-year career.

Louis Gregory

Mr. Louis P. Gregory is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Atmos Energy Corp.

Michael Haefner

Mr. Michael E. Haefner is Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Atmos Energy Corp since June 2008.

Marvin Sweetin

Mr.Marvin L. Sweetin is Senior Vice President - Utility Operations of Atoms Energy Corp in November 2011. In this role, Mr. Sweetin is responsible for the operations of our six utility divisions, as well as customer service, safety and training. Mr. Sweetin joined the Company in May 2000 and served in a variety of leadership positions with responsibility for procurement, customer service, training and safety.

Stephen Springer

Mr. Stephen R. Springer is Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Springer’s professional career includes 32 years 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 includes natural gas transmission, marketing, supply, transportation, business development, distribution and gathering and processing segments of the industry. Mr. Springer also has outside board experience as a member of the boards of DCP Midstream Partners, LP and the Indiana University Foundation. 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, as well as his exhibition of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section.

Richard Douglas

Mr. Richard W. Douglas is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation.Mr. Douglas gained leadership experience with Jones Lang LaSalle LLC, a global real estate management and investment firm and developed business and strategic planning expertise while at The Staubach Company, a nationally renowned real estate brokerage and services firm with international partnerships. Mr. Douglas also possesses outside board experience on numerous civic and nonprofit boards such as the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce. As a result of Mr. Douglas’ experience as a leader in commercial real estate and numerous non-profit community organizations, his expertise in business and strategic planning, as well as his exhibition of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Douglas to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Ruben Esquivel

Mr. Ruben E. Esquivel is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation.Mr. Douglas gained leadership experience with Jones Lang LaSalle LLC, a global real estate management and investment firm and developed business and strategic planning expertise while at The Staubach Company, a nationally renowned real estate brokerage and services firm with international partnerships. Mr. Douglas also possesses outside board experience on numerous civic and nonprofit boards such as the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce. As a result of Mr. Douglas’ experience as a leader in commercial real estate and numerous non-profit community organizations, his expertise in business and strategic planning, as well as his exhibition of those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Douglas to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Richard Gordon

Mr. Richard K. Gordon is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. For both Juniper Capital LP and Juniper Energy LP, Mr. Gordon has been responsible for managing a portfolio comprised of approximately $2 billion of power generation, mineral, oil and gas, natural gas gathering and oilfield services assets for more than 10 years. Prior to working with Juniper Capital and Juniper Energy, 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 and his in-depth leadership experience, including chairing the HR Committee, 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.

Robert Grable

Mr. Robert C. Grable is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation.Mr. Grable possesses advanced leadership skills developed as 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 33 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 corporations, 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.

Thomas Meredith

Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, Ed.D., is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Dr. Meredith has exhibited leadership skills over the past 16 years as an administrative and financial consultant to university boards and presidents, Commissioner of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia and Chancellor of the University of Alabama System. He also led an economic development task force for the State of Alabama, which led to the implementation of a major economic development plan for that state. Dr. Meredith is a recognized consultant in executive leadership and board development matters and he has experience in supervising executive level accounting staff, which has added to his financial and macroeconomic knowledge and related skills. Dr. Meredith’s in-depth experience with 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 Dr. Meredith to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Nancy Quinn

Ms. Nancy K. Quinn is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Ms. Quinn provides senior financial and strategic advice, primarily to clients in the energy and natural resources industries. Prior to 1996, Ms. Quinn 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 such firms as PaineWebber Incorporated and Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Ms. Quinn has corporate governance leadership experience as chair of the audit committee of Endeavour International and has outside board experience as a member of the boards of Endeavour International and Helix Energy Solutions Group. Ms. Quinn was also previously a member of the boards of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas and DeepTech International. 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 is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corp. Mr. Sampson held a senior role in which he gained extensive knowledge of portfolio management, investment concepts, strategies and analytical methodologies. Mr. Sampson’s 26 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 and his knowledge of complex financial transactions, the Board has nominated Mr. Sampson to continue to serve as a director of Atmos Energy.

Richard Ware

Mr. Richard Ware, II, is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Ware has developed substantial knowledge of the financial services industry during his 42-year career with a nationally recognized banking institution. Mr. Ware has a strong background in assessing and overseeing complex financial matters, 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, particularly 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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