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Atmos Energy Corp (ATO.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Best

69 2013 Chairman of the Board

Michael Haefner

55 2015 President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Kim Cocklin

64 2015 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Bret Eckert

48 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Louis Gregory

60 2012 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Marvin Sweetin

52 2015 Senior Vice President - Safety and Enterprise Services

Kelli Martin

2015 Vice President

Nancy Quinn

62 2004 Lead Independent Director

Kelly Compton

2016 Director

Rafael Garza

56 2016 Director

Stephen Springer

69 2005 Director

Richard Douglas

68 2007 Independent Director

Ruben Esquivel

72 2008 Independent Director

Richard Gordon

66 2001 Independent Director

Robert Grable

69 2009 Independent Director

Thomas Meredith

74 1995 Independent Director

Richard Sampson

65 2012 Independent Director

Richard Ware

69 1994 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Best

Mr. Robert W. Best is Chairman of the Board of Atmos Energy since April 2013; formerly Executive Chairman of the Board of Atmos Energy from October 2010 through March 2013 and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Atmos Energy from October 2008 through September 2010; currently a director of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited. Mr. Best, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 1997. 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 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, the American Gas Association, the Southern Gas Association and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Haefner

Mr. Michael E. Haefner is President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company since October 1st 2015..He was formerly Executive Vice President from January 2015 through September 2015 and Senior Vice President, Human Resources from June 2008 to January 2015. Mr. Haefner, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2015. Mr. Haefner was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer on October 1, 2015 after advancing to the role of Executive Vice President in January 2015. Mr. Haefner has served on Atmos Energy’s senior management team since he joined the Company as its Senior Vice President, Human Resources in June 2008. Mr. Haefner served previously as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Sabre Holdings Corporation. He has a 30 year work history with broad experience in dynamic industries and over half of his career has been in senior management and critical leadership positions. Mr. Haefner’s innovative initiatives, continued strengthening of the Company’s culture and leadership abilities developed while with Atmos Energy, other 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. Haefner to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy. was Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Atmos Energy Corporation.He

Kim Cocklin

Mr. Kim R. Cocklin is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Atmos Energy from October 2010 through September 2015 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Atmos Energy from October 2008 through September 2010. Mr. Cocklin, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2009. Mr. Cocklin was promoted to Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2015, after having led Atmos Energy as President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2010 through September 2015. 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 32 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.

Bret Eckert

Mr. Bret J. Eckert is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Atmos Energy Corpo. He oined 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 and Corporate Secretary of Atmos Energy Corp.

Marvin Sweetin

Mr. Marvin L. Sweetin is no longer a Senior Vice President - Safety and Enterprise Services of the Company., effective December 31, 2016. Sweetin joined Atmos Energy in 2000 as Director of Procurement and established the efficient warehouse supply and equipment model still employed today. He was named Director of Technical Training in 2007, Vice President of Customer Service in 2010 and promoted to Senior Vice President of Utility Operations in 2011, serving in that role until 2015. His tenure was marked by a dramatic increase in capital expenditures, greater emphasis on safety and training, the construction of the customer contact center in Amarillo, Texas and the planning and construction of the industry's best-in-class training facility in Plano, Texas. In October 2015, Marvin was named to his current position of Senior Vice President of Safety and Enterprise Services to lead the company to its goal of becoming the nation's safest utility.

Kelli Martin

Ms. Kelli Martin serves as Vice President - Workforce Development of the Company. She joined Atmos Energy in April, 2009 as Manager of Technical Training Delivery. She was named Director of Technical Training in November, 2010. Prior to joining Atmos Energy, she held leadership roles at Microsoft, Alcatel and Gabberts. Martin holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from SMU, and a master's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a native Texan and lives with her husband, John, in Richardson.

Nancy Quinn

Ms. Nancy K. Quinn is Lead Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. She is independent energy consultant in Key Biscayne, Florida since July 1996; currently a director of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company; formerly a director and chair of the audit committee of Endeavour International 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 extensive corporate governance leadership experience as the lead director and chair of the audit committee of Atmos Energy, and as a member of the board of Helix Energy Solutions Group. Ms. Quinn was also previously a member of the boards of Endeavour International, 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.

Kelly Compton

Ms. Kelly H. Compton serves as Director of the Company. She is a member of the Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee. Compton has served as Executive Director of The Hoglund Foundation since 1992. Prior to joining the Hoglund Foundation, Compton was with NationsBank Texas and its predecessors for 13 years, serving as Vice President of Commercial Lending. Currently, Compton serves on the Board of Trustees for The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Teach for America Dallas-Ft. Worth Regional Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for Momentous Institute. Compton graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance, and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

Rafael Garza

Mr. Rafael G. Garza has been appointed as Director of the company., effective March 1, 2016 He is co-founder and Managing Director of Bravo Equity Partners, a Fort Worth-based firm, which provides capital to middle-market companies in the U.S. and Mexico. Bravo Equity is involved in the financial services, retail, food and educational services sectors. Garza is also actively involved in various private companies, including Bravo Pizzas Houston and Career Educational Services and serves as a Director of Vantage Bancorp, Inc., a holding company for Vantage Bank Texas and First Texas BHC, Inc., a holding company for Southwest Bank. Before founding Bravo Equity, Garza began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young in 1982. In 1993, he began directing a team at Ernst & Young that specialized in corporate finance advisory and merger and acquisition services for client companies located primarily in the United States and Mexico. Garza also served as the director of Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance Unit based in Mexico City, where he specialized in investment advisory services, including private debt and equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, privatizations, and strategic financial planning until 2000. Garza earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas Christian University and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

Stephen Springer

Mr. Stephen R. Springer is a Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Formerly a director of DCP Midstream Partners, LP, a New York Stock Exchange 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 also has outside board experience as a member of the boards of DCP Midstream Partners, LP, a New York Stock Exchange listed partnership, and the Indiana University Foundation.

Richard Douglas

Mr. Richard W. Douglas is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle LLC in Dallas, Texas since July 2008. Mr. Douglas, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2007. Mr. Douglas has 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.

Ruben Esquivel

Mr. Ruben E. Esquivel is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He served Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas since December 1995. Mr. Esquivel, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2008. Mr. Esquivel has led the community and corporate relations efforts for UT Southwestern, one of the nation’s leading academic medical and research institutions, for over 20 years. During his previous 34-year career with AVO International, a manufacturer of test and measurement equipment for electrical power applications, including his service for over nine years as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Esquivel gained valuable leadership and managerial experience. Mr. Esquivel also has served as a leader on the boards of publicly-held and non-profit organizations, including his past appointment as chairman of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and chairman of several boards including the Dallas County Hospital District, North Texas Commission and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

Richard Gordon

Mr. Richard K. Gordon is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Gordon, General Partner of Juniper Capital LP in Houston, Texas since March 2003, General Partner of Juniper Energy LP in Houston, Texas since August 2006, and co-founder of Juniper Capital II in September 2014; currently a director of ExoStat Medical, Inc. Mr. Gordon, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2001. For private equity funds Juniper Capital LP, Juniper Energy LP, and Juniper Capital II, 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 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,

Robert Grable

Mr. Robert C. Grable is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Grable , founding Partner, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP in Fort Worth, Texas since April 1979. Mr. Grable, has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2009. 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 39 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.

Thomas Meredith

Dr. Thomas C. Meredith, Ed.D., is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. President, Effective Leadership LLC, a consulting firm, from April 2009 to present. Dr. Meredith has exhibited leadership skills over the past 18 years through his roles 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, Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, and President of Western Kentucky University. 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 staffs, which has added to his financial and macroeconomic knowledge and related skills.

Richard Sampson

Mr. Richard A. Sampson is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corp. He is General Partner and Founder of RS Core Capital, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm since January 2013; formerly Managing Director and Client Adviser of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York, San Francisco and Denver from May 2006 to May 2012. 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 28 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.

Richard Ware

Mr. Richard Ware, II, is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He served as Chairman and President of Amarillo National Bank in Amarillo, Texas since May 2014; formerly President of Amarillo National Bank from January 1982 to May 2014. Mr. Ware has developed substantial knowledge of the financial services industry during his 44-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.