Effective June 30, Hal Kvisle will retire from TransCanada, where he has been chief executive since 2001. His successor is Russ Girling. Prior to Girling’s appointment as chief operating officer in July 2009, he held a number of leadership positions including: president, pipelines; chief financial officer and executive vice-president, corporate development; and executive vice-president, power. Girling is the current chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).
“I have no doubt that as president and CEO Russ will achieve excellent outcomes with customers, deliver major projects on time and on budget and continue to focus on generating predictable and sustainable cash flow and earnings from our growing portfolio of low-risk energy infrastructure assets,” says Kvisle. “Russ Girling is the right leader to deliver strong financial returns from our existing businesses and position the company for continued growth and success in the years ahead.”
Kvisle, who was the keynote speaker at this year’s Pipeline Opportunities Conference in Houston, will assist with the transition throughout August. He is also retiring from TransCanada’s board of directors.
A number of other management changes are also under way at the company. Alex Pourbaix, currently President, Energy and Executive Vice-President Corporate Development, is appointed to the role of President, Energy and Oil Pipelines. Mr. Pourbaix will continue to have overall responsibility for TransCanada’s non-regulated businesses, including power and non-regulated natural gas storage and he assumes responsibility for TransCanada’s emerging oil pipeline business.
Greg Lohnes, currently Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, is appointed to the role of President, Natural Gas Pipelines. Mr. Lohnes will have overall responsibility for TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline and regulated natural gas storage businesses in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Don Marchand, currently Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer, is appointed to the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Marchand will have overall responsibility for accounting, taxation, finance, treasury, risk management, investor relations, corporate communications, and corporate strategy.
Dennis McConaghy, currently Executive Vice-President, Pipeline Strategy and Development is appointed to the role of Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development. Mr. McConaghy will have responsibility for development of major new infrastructure initiatives across TransCanada’s businesses. He will also have accountability for execution of major transactions.
Don Wishart, Executive Vice-President, Operations and Major Projects; Sean McMaster, Executive Vice-President, Corporate and General Counsel; and Sarah Raiss, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services will continue in their current roles.