El Paso Announces Management Changes
El Paso Corporation announced that Britton White Jr. will retire as executive vice president and general counsel effective December 31, 2001. He was appointed to this position following El Paso's acquisition of Tenneco Energy in 1996. Prior to this, he served as senior vice president and general counsel of El Paso Natural Gas. White provided critical legal counsel during the corporate mergers of Tenneco Energy, Sonat and The Coastal Corporation and has helped manage the growth of the company from $2.5 billion in assets in 1995 to almost $50 billion today.
Concurrent with White's retirement, the company named Peggy A. Heeg as executive vice president and general counsel. She previously served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel responsible for managing legal activities for many of El Paso's business units. Heeg has led initiatives related to El Paso's mergers and has managed numerous regulatory, administrative and judicial proceedings principally related to natural resources and energy issues.
"I have known Britton White for more than 30 years and have relied on him as a friend and as a trusted advisor helping to manage the growth of this company," said William A. Wise, chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso. "Although it is difficult to lose a member of the senior management, it is reassuring to have a capable and talented individual from within the organization prepared to assume the responsibilities of this important position. I am confident Peggy Heeg will contribute significantly as El Paso continues its leadership role in the energy industry."
Heeg joined Tenneco Energy in 1990 and held various positions in the legal department. In 1997, she became vice president and associate general counsel for regulated pipelines for El Paso after the merger with Tenneco Energy. She has been responsible for the legal work for El Paso's international, exploration and production, petroleum products, field services, and interstate pipelines business units. Heeg serves on the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America's Regulatory Policy Committee and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the American, Energy, District of Columbia, and Kentucky Bar Associations. She is also a member of the board of directors of DePelchin Children's Center. She graduated from the University of Louisville and earned a law degree from the University of Louisville Law School.