CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas E. Skains, Chairman, President and CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) today announced the retirement of John W. Harris from the Board effective March 25, 2014. Mr. Harris, a longtime business leader in the Charlotte region with far-ranging business interests and a long history of civic service, has decided to retire from the Board in order to devote more time to his other business and civic activities. Mr. Harris has been a member of Piedmont's Board since 1997 and is currently the Chair of the Board's Finance Committee and is also a member of the Board's Directors and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Harris has also served as Chair of the Board's Compensation Committee. Upon Mr. Harris' retirement, Mr. Skains commented, "Johnny has been a valued member of our Board for the past 17 years and has served Piedmont Natural Gas and its shareholders with distinction and integrity. His strong business leadership and management skills, and valuable knowledge and insights pertaining to the markets we serve, have proven very beneficial to our Company. On behalf of our Board and all of our employees, I express our sincere appreciation for his many years of service and leadership, and we wish Johnny the very best upon his retirement from the Board." "It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve on Piedmont's board and witness the great strides this company and all of Piedmont's associates have made in serving customers, communities and investors," Mr. Harris said. "I hold Piedmont's management team and board in the highest esteem and look forward to enjoying the continuing benefits of their leadership as a customer and shareholder of Piedmont Natural Gas." About Piedmont Natural Gas Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation utility customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, and regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage, and regulated intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available on the Internet at http://www.piedmontng.com/.