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January 29, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO, January 29, 2004 – The Board of Directors of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG) today elected Mary C. Kullman to the newly created position of Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary. The Board also elected Richard A. Skau to the position of Vice President, Human Resources for its Laclede Gas subsidiary.
Ms. Kullman, 43, has been Secretary and Associate General Counsel since February 2001. She joined Laclede Gas in 1990 as an Associate Counsel in the Legal Department, and was promoted to Secretary, Associate Counsel in 1998. She holds a J.D. degree (1985) from St. Louis University School of Law and a B.S. degree in Business Administration (1982) from Washington University.
“Formalizing this newly defined role of Chief Governance Officer will signify the importance of corporate governance at the Laclede companies, both internally and externally, place governance compliance responsibilities in a designated officer, and recognize the Company’s increased accountability in a constantly changing landscape,” said Douglas H. Yaeger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Laclede Group.
Mr. Skau, 46, has been Assistant Vice President, Human Resources since August 2001. Previously, he was Director, Labor Relations (1999); Manager, Labor Relations (1996) and Assistant Manager, Labor Relations (1992). Mr. Skau began his career at Laclede in early 1985 in the Corporate Accounting Department. In late 1985, he moved to the Payroll Department where he spent 4 ½ years in various positions before moving to the position of Manager in the General Accounting Department in 1990 and Manager of Cashiers and Mailing in 1991.Rick received his B. S. degree in Accountancy (1984) from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
“Rick has been a key contributor to the development and implementation of our new performance management and compensation systems,” Mr. Yaeger said. “He also has introduced several new programs in the Employee Benefits and Workers’ Compensation areas.”
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