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Atmos Energy Corp (ATO.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Best

70 2013 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael Haefner

56 2015 President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Kim Cocklin

65 2015 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Christopher Forsythe

45 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

J. Matt Robbins

2017 Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Kevin Akers

2017 Senior Vice President - Safety and Enterprise Services

David Park

45 2017 Senior Vice President - Utility Operations

Richard Thomas

36 2017 Vice President, Controller

Richard Gordon

67 2016 Lead Independent Director

Stephen Springer

70 2005 Director

Kelly Compton

59 2016 Independent Director

Richard Douglas

69 2007 Independent Director

Ruben Esquivel

73 2008 Independent Director

Rafael Garza

56 2016 Independent Director

Robert Grable

70 2009 Independent Director

Nancy Quinn

63 2016 Independent Director

Richard Sampson

66 2012 Independent Director

Richard Ware

70 1994 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Best

Mr. Robert W. Best is independent Chairman of the Board of the Company., 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. 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.

Michael Haefner

Mr. Michael E. Haefner is President, Chief Operating Officer, Director of the Company since October 1, 2015. He 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 in October 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 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.

Kim Cocklin

Mr. Kim R. Cocklin is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Cocklin 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 33 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.

Christopher Forsythe

Mr. Christopher T. Forsythe is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Forsythe, joined Atmos Energy in June 2003 and was promoted to Director of Financial Reporting in September 2003, having previously worked as a Senior Audit Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He was promoted to his current position in 2009. Forsythe is a graduate of Baylor University with Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

J. Matt Robbins

Mr. J. Matt Robbins has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Human Resources of the Company effective January 1, 2017. Robbins joined the company in May 2013 as Director of Compensation and Benefits and was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources in February 2015. Robbins will now be responsible for all human resources functions across the enterprise. Before joining Atmos Energy, Robbins had 20 years of employee benefits experience, including eight leadership roles. Matt holds a master's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University.

Kevin Akers

Mr. Kevin Akers has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Safety and Enterprise Services of the Company effective January 1, 2017. Akers joined Atmos Energy in 1991 as an engineer and held several leadership roles in the regulated utility, serving as President of the Mississippi Division from 2002 to 2007 and as President of the Kentucky/Mid-States Division since May 2007. Akers will have overall responsibility for pipeline and distribution safety and compliance, business processes and change management, new technology evaluation and deployment, as well as supply chain and facilities management. Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alabama.

David Park

Mr. David J. Park has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Utility Operations of the Company, effective January 1, 2017. He is currently president of the West Texas Division of Atmos Energy. Park, has been with the company more than 20 years, having started his career with Lone Star Gas Company in 1994. Before being named President of the West Texas Division, he was Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs in the Mid-Tex Division, and previously held positions in Engineering and Public Affairs. Park is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer. He has been active in a number of community organizations throughout his career with Atmos Energy, including the United Way and Chamber of Commerce in both Bryan-College Station and Lubbock, Texas. David is currently chair of the Texas Gas Association.

Richard Thomas

Mr. Richard M. Thomas serves as Vice President, Controller 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 is Lead Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Gordon 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, and co-founder of Juniper Capital II in Houston, Texas since 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, Juniper Energy and Juniper Capital II. 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 as the lead director and chair of the HR Committee of Atmos Energy 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 is a Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager, Midstream Division, The Williams Companies, Inc. Mr. Springer has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2005. 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.

Kelly Compton

Ms. Kelly H. Compton is Independent Director of the Company. She is Executive Director of The Hoglund Foundation in Dallas, Texas since 1992. Ms. Compton has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2016. Ms. Compton has been a philanthropic leader for over 24 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. Ms. Compton also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University and the Board of Directors for Momentous Institute. 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.

Richard Douglas

Mr. Richard W. Douglas is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He is 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. 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 an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. He served as 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. As a result of his business and leadership experience with AVO International, UT Southwestern and as well as leadership experience on the boards of other publicly-held and non-profit corporations, in addition to displaying those attributes discussed in the “Qualifications for Directors” section, the Board has nominated Mr. Esquivel to continue serving as a director of Atmos Energy.

Rafael Garza

Mr. Rafael G. Garza is Independent Director of the company., since March 1, 2016. He is President and Founder of RGG Capital Partners, LLC in Ft. Worth, Texas since 2000, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bravo Equity, LP; currently a director of First Texas BHC, Inc., Southwest Bank, Vantage Bancorp and Vantage Bank Texas. Mr. Garza has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2016. For private investment company, Bravo Equity Partners, Mr. Garza has been responsible for managing various portfolio companies with a particular focus on U.S.-Hispanic market and Mexico. Prior to working with Bravo Equity Partners, Mr. Garza held numerous senior leadership positions with Ernst & Young’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 the Lena Pope Home. 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 is an Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. Mr. Grable is 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 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 is Independent Director of Atmos Energy Corporation. She is independent energy consultant in Key Biscayne, Florida since July 1996; currently a director and chair of the audit committee 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 has been a director of Atmos Energy since 2004. 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 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 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.

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 in Denver, Colorado 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 has been a director of Atmos Energy since 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 29 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, has led the Board to nominate Mr. Sampson to continue to serve as a director of Atmos Energy.

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 been a director of Atmos Energy since 1994. Mr. Ware has developed substantial knowledge of the financial services industry during his 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, 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.