National Grid Appoints Non-Executive Director from Niagara Mohawk

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Grid Group plc

    LONDON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 The Board of National Grid Group plc (NYSE:   NGG) (LSE: NGG) and is pleased to
 announce the appointment of Dr Bonnie G Hill as a Non-Executive Director.
 This will become effective upon the company's acquisition of Niagara Mohawk
 Holdings Inc.  She is currently an external director on Niagara Mohawk's
 Board.
     Bonnie Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror
 Foundation, responsible for philanthropic programmes and policy.  She is also
 Senior Vice-President at the Los Angeles Times newspaper where she oversees
 communications, community relations and public affairs activities.
 
     James Ross, Chairman of National Grid, commented:
     "Bonnie Hill will be a great asset to the National Grid Board, bringing
 specific understanding of Niagara Mohawk and broad experience with US business
 and consumer issues.  Her extensive involvement in civic, educational and
 community affairs will strengthen significantly our Board's expertise in these
 areas."
     Prior to joining Times Mirror in 1997 she was Dean of the McIntire School
 of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  She also served as Secretary of
 the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California, and held a
 variety of presidential appointments including Assistant Secretary in the US
 Department of Education and special adviser on Consumer Affairs to former
 President George Bush.  Previous appointments include Vice-President with
 Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp., Executive Director of the Marcus A. Foster
 Educational Institute, and Assistant Dean of Student Services and lecturer at
 Mills College in Oakland, California.
     In addition to her external director role with Niagara Mohawk, she is on
 the Boards of AK Steel Corp., Hershey Foods Corp., The Home Depot, Pomona
 College, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Hollywood Entertainment Museum,
 and the Los Angeles Urban League.  She is also a member of the National
 Advisory Panel of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford
 University in Stanford, California.
     Her work has been recognised with honours and awards from many national
 and regional organisations.  She has authored articles and delivered numerous
 presentations related to business, educational, environmental and social
 issues.  She lives in Venice, California with her husband, and they have three
 daughters.
 
     National Grid Group plc (LSE: NGG and NYSE:   NGG) -- one of the UK's
 50 largest companies -- builds, owns and operates electricity and
 telecommunications networks around the world.  National Grid Group's
 headquarters are in London, UK and its US subsidiary, National Grid USA, is
 headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.
 
     National Grid and Niagara Mohawk announced on 5 September 2000 that,
 subject to the required approvals, National Grid would acquire all the
 outstanding shares of Niagara Mohawk valued at approximately $3.0 billion.
 Completion is targeted for late 2001.  Niagara Mohawk is headquartered in
 Syracuse, New York and serves 1.5 million electricity and 540,000 gas
 customers in New York State.
 
 

SOURCE National Grid Group plc
    LONDON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 The Board of National Grid Group plc (NYSE:   NGG) (LSE: NGG) and is pleased to
 announce the appointment of Dr Bonnie G Hill as a Non-Executive Director.
 This will become effective upon the company's acquisition of Niagara Mohawk
 Holdings Inc.  She is currently an external director on Niagara Mohawk's
 Board.
     Bonnie Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror
 Foundation, responsible for philanthropic programmes and policy.  She is also
 Senior Vice-President at the Los Angeles Times newspaper where she oversees
 communications, community relations and public affairs activities.
 
     James Ross, Chairman of National Grid, commented:
     "Bonnie Hill will be a great asset to the National Grid Board, bringing
 specific understanding of Niagara Mohawk and broad experience with US business
 and consumer issues.  Her extensive involvement in civic, educational and
 community affairs will strengthen significantly our Board's expertise in these
 areas."
     Prior to joining Times Mirror in 1997 she was Dean of the McIntire School
 of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  She also served as Secretary of
 the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California, and held a
 variety of presidential appointments including Assistant Secretary in the US
 Department of Education and special adviser on Consumer Affairs to former
 President George Bush.  Previous appointments include Vice-President with
 Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp., Executive Director of the Marcus A. Foster
 Educational Institute, and Assistant Dean of Student Services and lecturer at
 Mills College in Oakland, California.
     In addition to her external director role with Niagara Mohawk, she is on
 the Boards of AK Steel Corp., Hershey Foods Corp., The Home Depot, Pomona
 College, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Hollywood Entertainment Museum,
 and the Los Angeles Urban League.  She is also a member of the National
 Advisory Panel of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford
 University in Stanford, California.
     Her work has been recognised with honours and awards from many national
 and regional organisations.  She has authored articles and delivered numerous
 presentations related to business, educational, environmental and social
 issues.  She lives in Venice, California with her husband, and they have three
 daughters.
 
     National Grid Group plc (LSE: NGG and NYSE:   NGG) -- one of the UK's
 50 largest companies -- builds, owns and operates electricity and
 telecommunications networks around the world.  National Grid Group's
 headquarters are in London, UK and its US subsidiary, National Grid USA, is
 headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.
 
     National Grid and Niagara Mohawk announced on 5 September 2000 that,
 subject to the required approvals, National Grid would acquire all the
 outstanding shares of Niagara Mohawk valued at approximately $3.0 billion.
 Completion is targeted for late 2001.  Niagara Mohawk is headquartered in
 Syracuse, New York and serves 1.5 million electricity and 540,000 gas
 customers in New York State.
 
 SOURCE  National Grid Group plc