OWENSBORO, Ky., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jimmy D. Staton as President & Chief Executive Officer effective December 5, 2016. Jerry L. Morris, Southern Star's current President & Chief Executive Officer, will assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer Emeritus until his retirement in early 2017.
Morris announced his intended retirement after 39 years of service earlier this year. Morris said, "I personally know Jimmy, and we've been friends for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in the energy industry, having held leadership positions in gas pipelines, gas distribution companies, and also electricity transmission and distribution. Southern Star will be in great hands." "Jimmy brings exciting energy to Southern Star," said Olivier Renault, Board Member from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. "His background provides him with diverse experiences from some of the highest levels in the energy industry to share with our team. Adding his new perspectives and skills to the experience and talent of the Southern Star team will allow Southern Star to continue to meet challenges ahead and excel as a leader in our industry." Jimmy comes with an extensive background in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of Venture Global LNG. Prior to joining Venture Global, Jimmy served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Pipeline Group, Northern Indiana Public Service Company and the Columbia Distribution Companies. His experience includes leadership roles in the gas distribution, electric, interstate pipeline transmission and midstream segments in the energy sector. He has been active in industry groups such as the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the American Gas Association, the American Gas Foundation, and the Southern Gas Association and has held positions on the Boards of Directors for several organizations. Jimmy graduated from Louisiana State University in 1983 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Jimmy and his wife will be relocating to Owensboro. Jimmy said, "I'm excited to be joining a company with talented people, deep customer relationships, and great assets."