Piedmont Natural Gas Notes Management Change

Piedmont Natural Gas announced the promotion of Brad Merlie to the position of Vice President of Information Services (IS). Mr. Merlie previously held the position of Managing Director – Engineering and Operations Services at the Company. In his new role, Mr. Merlie will be responsible for the Company's IS infrastructure, information technology sourcing, business systems delivery, and IS quality assurance, customer service and support.

Michael Yount, Piedmont's Senior Vice President of Utility Operations which includes Information Services commented, "We're very excited and pleased to have Brad in this new role at the Company. His leadership abilities and management style are well suited for this area of Piedmont's operations and the evolving requirements of our business in terms of information delivery and the infrastructure that supports it."

Mr. Merlie joined Piedmont Natural Gas from Williams International in July of 2007 as Piedmont's Director of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in which he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Piedmont's three LNG facilities in North Carolina and Tennessee. In 2009, he was named Managing Director of Engineering and Operations Services where he had responsibility, among other things, for Piedmont's Engineering, Construction, Gas Measurement, Pipeline Integrity and Compliance, and Gas Control functions.

Mr. Merlie is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering.