NiSource Executive Vice-president and group CEO Eileen O’Neill Odum has
announced that she is resigning her position at the end of the month to
spend more time with her family.
In a statement released today, NiSource President and CEO Robert Skaggs said
that Jimmy D. Staton, a NiSource executive with an extensive background in
the electric and gas utility business, will take the reins of the company’s
Indiana utilities. Staton currently serves as executive vice president and
group CEO of NiSource’s gas distribution business.
He will assume the added responsibility of leading the NiSource Indiana
utilities, including Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO),
effective March 1.
Odum has led NiSource’s Indiana business unit since December 2007. During
her tenure, NiSource’s Indiana utilities addressed a number of critical
business challenges, including managing effects of the economic recession
and filing NIPSCO’s first electric rate case in 20 years.
“Our Indiana team’s ability to make progress in the face of a series of
daunting challenges helped instill confidence in our business and provided
the groundwork for future growth,” Skaggs said.
“I join our entire NiSource team in thanking Eileen for her contributions
and wishing her family well.”
“Jimmy Staton has a strong track record of implementing successful customer
assistance and energy efficiency programs, regulatory initiatives and
infrastructure enhancement strategies,” Skaggs said.
“Jimmy will bring focused, engaging leadership to his new role developing
collaborative and innovative energy solutions that benefit our customers and
employees in Indiana, and NiSource as a whole.”
Staton reports to Skaggs and serves as a member of NiSource’s executive