CenterPoint, OGE Energy announce senior operations leadership


CenterPoint, OGE Energy announce senior operations leadership

HOUSTON and OKLAHOMA CITY -- CenterPoint Energy and OGE Energy have named the senior operations leadership team of the natural gas midstream partnership that includes CenterPoint’s interstate pipelines and field services businesses, and OGE’s midstream business, Enogex. The companies also announced the new name, Enable Midstream Partners, and logo of the partnership, which closed on May 1 and is managed by a general partner whose governance is shared by CenterPoint and OGE on a 50/50 basis.

The new leadership team includes:

Keith Mitchell, 51, Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this position, Mitchell was the president of Enogex and was a member of the Enogex board of directors. A 20-year Enogex veteran, he also previously served as the company's chief operating officer.

Mark Schroeder, 56, General Counsel. Prior to this position, Schroeder was the senior V.P. and deputy general counsel of Regulation for CenterPoint, and has worked in the company's legal department for 10 years. He also worked for El Paso Energy and Enron.

Walter Ferguson, 57, Senior V.P. – Field Operations, Engineering and Construction. Prior to this position, Ferguson was division senior V.P. of CenterPoint’s Midstream Field Operations, Engineering and Construction. His career spans 32 years with CenterPoint.

R. Poe Reed, 57, Senior V.P. – Pipeline Commercial Operations. Prior to this position, Reed was the division senior V.P. and chief commercial officer for CenterPoint’s Pipelines business, since 2011. He spent 31 years of his career with DCP Midstream.

Steve Merrill, 49, Senior V.P. – Gathering and Processing Commercial Operations & Administration. Prior to this position, he was the chief operating officer of Enogex. Merrill also served as V.P. of Human Resources at OGE and chief financial officer of Enogex. Prior to joining Enogex, he was director of U.S. operations for Plains All-American.

David Jewell, 60, Senior V.P. – System Optimization and Daily Commercial Operations. Prior to this position, Jewell was division senior V.P. of CenterPoint’s Midstream Capacity Operations Optimization & Gas Systems. Before joining CenterPoint, he worked for 31 years in the energy industry, including 15 years with Duke Energy.  

Pete Kirsch, 50, Senior V.P. – Environmental Health & Safety and Compliance Services. Kirsch began his career with CenterPoint 23 years ago, and was division senior V.P. of the company's Midstream Technical and Compliance Services prior to this position.    

Paul Brewer, 54, Senior V.P. – Project Management Office (PMO), including Business Performance Improvement and Supply Chain. Prior to this position, Brewer was the V.P. of Operations at Enogex. He joined Enogex in 2008, after having served as V.P. of Operations for DCP Midstream.

Tom Levescy, 44, Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to this position, Levescy was the chief accounting officer of Enogex. He joined the company in 2005 as controller. Before joining Enogex, he had more than 10 years of experience in public accounting. 

The principal offices of the gathering and processing leadership team will be in Oklahoma City, and the interstate pipeline's principal offices will be in Houston. The principal office of the executive management team is also expected to be in Oklahoma City.

Enable Midstream has combined assets of nearly $11 billion in nine states. It owns and operates 8,400 mi of interstate pipelines, with nearly 9 Bcfd of natural gas transport capacity and nearly 2,300 mi of intrastate pipelines. It also has more than 11,000 mi of gathering lines, which, in 2012, moved nearly 4 Bcfd of natural gas.

Additionally, it has more than 90 Bcf of natural gas storage capacity and 11 major processing plants with nearly 2 Bcfd of inlet capacity.

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