CAYCE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) announced today that William B. Timmerman, SCANA’s Chairman, President and CEO will retire from the Company effective November 30, 2011.
At a Board of Directors meeting held today, the Board elected Kevin B. Marsh, to be the Company’s chairman and chief executive officer effective November 30, 2011 upon Timmerman’s retirement. Marsh will become SCANA’s seventh CEO since it became a NYSE traded company in 1946.
Additionally, the Board elected Marsh president and chief operating officer of SCANA Corporation and as a member of SCANA’s Board of Directors effective January 7, 2011. Marsh, currently president of SCE&G, principal subsidiary of SCANA, assumes the title of president from Timmerman.
“I believe retiring at the end of this year provides for a smooth transition and is appropriate as the Company enters a period of new nuclear construction. The leadership team currently in place is clearly prepared and already doing an outstanding job and I look forward to their continued successes in my retirement later this year,” said Timmerman. Timmerman will be available as a consultant to the Company during his retirement.
In announcing Marsh’s expanded role, Timmerman noted Marsh’s significant experience and leadership. “Kevin and I have worked closely on running the Company for nearly 30 years,” said Timmerman. “Kevin has served as our chief financial officer and president of two of SCANA’s largest subsidiaries over the last decade. His strong operating and financial background will provide SCANA with outstanding leadership as we execute the Company’s new nuclear generation strategy and meet the energy needs of the next decade.”
“Bill Timmerman will leave a strong legacy of success at SCANA with an excellent team of experienced leaders to execute the Company’s long-term plan and the new nuclear project,” said Marsh. ”While we have our challenges and opportunities ahead of us I am excited by our potential and honored by the confidence expressed by our board”
Marsh, 55, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Duke University Executive Leadership Program. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1977. During his financial tenure he served as controller, vice president of finance, and treasurer of SCANA Corporation. In 1996, Marsh was named chief financial officer of SCANA. He also served as president and chief operating officer of PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, North Carolina and was appointed president and chief operating officer of SCE&G in 2006.
In the interim, Marsh will continue to retain his position as president of SCE&G. Steve Byrne, SCE&G’s executive vice president of generation was also named chief operating officer of SCE&G and assumes additional responsibilities for electric transmission. Keller Kissam, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations, was promoted to senior vice president of retail electric and gas operations for SCE&G, both reporting to Marsh.
“Our robust succession planning allowed us to fill these very important positions with excellent people who have served this Company well for many years and in many capacities,” said Timmerman.
SCANA Corporation, a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Cayce, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s website at www.scana.com.
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