Dominion Promotes Seven To Officer Positions

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion (NYSE: D) today announced the promotions of seven individuals to the position of vice president. All promotions took effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said:

"Each brings additional experience and expertise to the officer ranks at Dominion. Their leadership will be called upon as we continue our focus on safe and excellent operations and execute on a multibillion-dollar regulated infrastructure growth plan across all lines of business."

Those promoted include:

Corynne Arnett, vice president-Financial Management (Dominion Generation), reports to Steven A. Rogers, senior vice president-Financial Management (Dominion Generation). She has primary responsibility for the financial planning, budgeting and forecasting for the company's generation business. Arnett joined Dominion in 1997 and has held positions in the company's tax, accounting and investment relations departments. A certified public accountant, she received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and a master's in taxation from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Michael D. Frederick, vice president-LNG Operations, reports to Diane Leopold, president-Dominion Energy. He will oversee operations at Dominion's Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal in Lusby, Md. Frederick joined the company in 1982 and has held numerous positions in engineering and operations for the company's gas transmission business, as well as planning and reliability work at Dominion Virginia Power. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lee D. Katz, vice president and general auditor, reporting to Farrell, is responsible for objectively evaluating the effectiveness of the company's risk management, internal control and governance processes. He began working for Dominion in 1997 and has held roles in accounting and financial analysis. A certified public accountant, Katz earned a bachelor's degree in business administration-accounting from the University of South Carolina and his MBA from VCU.

Mark D. Mitchell, vice president-Generation Construction, reports to Paul E. Ruppert, senior vice president-Business Development and Generation Construction, and is responsible for project management on new generation projects. He has been with Dominion for 15 years and has developed and executed new electric generation projects and managed projects for existing power stations. Mitchell has a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Wilmington College.

Brian C. Sheppard, vice president-Pipeline Operations, also reports to Leopold. His duties include Dominion Transmission's natural gas pipeline and storage operations. Sheppard joined Dominion in 1988 and he has been responsible for engineering, gas liquids extraction and gas exploration and production business development, among other things, throughout his career. Sheppard has a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College.

Alma W. Showalter, vice president-Tax, reports to G. Scott Hetzer, senior vice president and treasurer. She was hired by Dominion in 2001 and during her career has served in a number of leadership capacities in the company's tax department. Showalter is a certified public accountant who received bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

Chester G. "Chet" Wade, vice president-Corporate Communications, reports to Daniel A. Weekley, vice president-Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's media relations, digital communications, executive communications and employee communications efforts. Wade joined the company in 1993 and served in several communications leadership roles prior to his promotion. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at Penn State University and holds an MBA from Robert Morris University.

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Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines.  Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

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