HOUSTON, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S) today announced changes in the company's Operations organization. Roger Given, vice president transmission and storage operations, has elected to retire effective August 1, 2011, after 24 years of service. Tommy Kilpatrick, vice president Columbia Gulf Transmission operations, replaces Given, assuming responsibility for Columbia Gas Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Central Kentucky Transmission, Hardy Storage Company, and Millennium Pipeline Company operations effective June 1, 2011. Given and Kilpatrick will work closely together from June to August to ensure a smooth transition for the organization. Randal Broussard, manager operations for Columbia Gulf Transmission, will replace Tommy, also on June 1, 2011. Kilpatrick and Broussard will report to NGT&S Vice President Operations, Victor Gaglio.
Given began his career with Columbia Gas Transmission (TCO) in 1987, as operations supervisor of the Kanawha Separation Plant near Charleston, W.Va. With an electrical engineering degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, he moved to the engineering side of TCO as corrosion engineer in the Huntington region office. In 1989 he was selected as senior Automation and Electrical for the southwest region. Given then went on to be Automation and Electrical superintendent, Flat Top Asset 11 manager, and St. Albans asset 8 manager. In 2007, he was selected as vice president of transmission and storage operations for TCO.
Prior to joining TCO, Given worked 12 years for the Federal Communications Commission, where he held positions in engineering and leadership. He held the position of assistant chief of the land mobile radio branch before deciding to pursue a career in private industry.
Tommy Kilpatrick is a 37-year veteran of the natural gas industry with a diverse technical background in the transportation and measurement of natural gas. He has served in various leadership, management, and executive capacities that include construction, measurement, technical services and operations.
Kilpatrick began his career at the company's Inverness compressor station, at the age of 19, as a utility man in 1973. He worked as a general laborer, compressor mechanic, and welder's helper. Kilpatrick later transferred to Lafayette field measurement in 1980 as a communications and controls technician and served a lead role in the development, design, installation, and maintenance of Columbia Gulf's electronic flow measurement. He also served as a lead inspector for the Carter Creek, Wyoming, project in 1982. Kilpatrick transferred to technical services as an automation and controls specialist in 1990 and became manager of Gulf south operations in 2003. He was named Vice President Gulf operations in 2007.
Broussard began his career as a temporary laborer with Columbia Gulf in 1975 at the Pecan Island, La., compressor / separation / dehydration facility. He attended Louisiana State University before deciding to make the gas industry a full-time career in 1976, when he was hired into a permanent position.
Broussard held various positions at Pecan Island until he was promoted to team leader in 2000, responsible for the offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2003, he transferred to Columbia Gulf's mainline facility at Inverness, Miss., as team leader, responsible for compressor and pipeline operations in that area.
In 2008, he was promoted to operations manager at Lafayette, La., for the Gulf system. Broussard has an operations and mechanical background and has held numerous positions throughout his career.
For more information about NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, please visit www.ngts.com. As units of NiSource Inc., the NGT&S companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Hardy Storage, Millennium Pipeline and NiSource Midstream Services. Combined, the companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year.
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