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Executive Leadership

Adrian P. Chapman
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Adrian P. Chapman is President and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. 
 
Bringing more than 36 years of leadership experience in the energy industry, Mr. Chapman has driven operational success and sustained growth in a variety of management and executive roles at Washington Gas throughout his career with one of the nation’s premier energy companies. As President and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all functions and activities of the regulated natural gas utility such as operations, customer service, engineering, construction, field operations, safety, rates, gas acquisition, information technology and human resources. 
 
Mr. Chapman will also serve in leadership roles with other AltaGas energy entities, including as Executive Vice President at ASUS, President and CEO of AUHUS, as well as President and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc. 
 
Prior to being appointed to these executive positions, Mr. Chapman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas since October 1, 2009. Before his term as COO, he held a range of executive management roles and led several teams that contributed to the company’s development, including Vice President of Operations, Regulatory Affairs and Energy Acquisition, Manager of Interruptible Customer Sales, Manager of Economic Analysis, and Director of Regulatory Affairs.
 
Mr. Chapman is the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Gas Association, is a member of the Board of Directors and Leadership Council of the American Gas Association (AGA) and past chair of the AGA Rate and Strategic Issues Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Gas Technology Institute, Greater Washington Partnership, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Virginia Business Council, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia. He is a past member of the Governor of Maryland’s Workforce Investment Board and past Chairman of the Board of LEAD Virginia, a statewide leadership program, and a graduate of the LEAD Virginia Class of 2006. Mr. Chapman is also the Goodwill of Greater Washington Board Chair and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. 
 
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his Master of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University.
 
Vincent L. Ammann, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Vincent L. Ammann, Jr., is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. He is responsible for the administration and supervision of all financial functions including accounting, taxes, investor relations, risk management and treasury management.
 
He began his career in the Detroit office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (currently, Deloitte & Touche). He was later assigned to the firm's Washington, D.C.-based Public Utilities Services Group which provided research and consulting services to industry clients.
 
Since leaving Deloitte in 1990, Mr. Ammann has held a number of key leadership positions with public utilities. In addition to serving as Vice President, Accounting, for Connecticut Energy Corp., the parent company for Southern Connecticut Gas Co., Mr. Ammann lead a number of administrative departments at the utility and a non-regulated technology affiliate. After Energy East acquired Connecticut Energy and a neighboring gas utility company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp., he was named Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for both utilities.
 
Mr. Ammann joined Washington Gas in 2004 as Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and was elected to the office of Vice President in 2005. He was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2006. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is Chairman of the American Gas Association Finance Committee. 
 
A Detroit, Michigan native, Mr. Ammann holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. 
 
He is married with three children and resides in northern Virginia.

 

Luanne S. Gutermuth
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
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Luanne Gutermuth is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. Prior to this position, she had been Senior Vice President, Shared Services and Chief Human Resource Officer for WGL and Washington Gas. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Human Resources & Organization Development for Washington Gas. Ms. Gutermuth leads key corporate functions across WGL, including Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology, Procurement, Public Policy, Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and the Business Transformation Office. She is responsible for developing and implementing a human capital strategy that supports the company’s overall business objectives.
 
Ms. Gutermuth joined Washington Gas in 1998, and since then has held leadership positions in several functions across the company, including business planning, organization development, business process improvement and customer service. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Ms. Gutermuth gained broad leadership experience in a number of industries, including health care and energy.
 
Ms. Gutermuth received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. She also completed the Organization Development certificate program at Georgetown University.
 
Ms. Gutermuth is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors for INROADS, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Southern Gas Association Executive Council and is a founding member of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle. She also is affiliated with the American Gas Association and LEAD VIRGINIA. An active member of the community, she participates in Washington Gas’ community service activities and has served in volunteer leadership positions in local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Gutermuth lives with her husband and three children in Annandale, Virginia.

 

John D. O'Brien
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs
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John O’Brien is Executive Vice President Strategy & Public Affairs of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. His primary responsibilities include oversight of enterprise strategy, corporate communications, government relations and regulatory affairs.
 
Mr. O’Brien has had various roles within the AltaGas organization since joining in 2015, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of AltaGas Services (U.S.) Inc. (ASUS).  He is currently also Executive Vice President, Government and Regulatory for ASUS and AltaGas Utility Holdings (U.S.) Inc., both of which are subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. O’Brien was the President and Chief Operating Officer of ASUS from April 2016 to July 2018, overseeing its operational and business development activities.  Prior to AltaGas, Mr. O’Brien held management positions in Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs within the energy industry, including most recently in the position of Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs with a large privately held energy company.
 
Mr. O’Brien holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985. Mr. O’Brien served as a Massachusetts State Senator from 1992 to 1998.

 

Douglas I. Bonawitz
Vice President and Treasurer
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William R. Ford
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
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William R. Ford is Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the financial accounting and reporting functions for the companies.
 
Mr. Ford has been with Washington Gas since June of 2005. From 2009-2010 he served as Assistant Controller of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company and prior to that had various managerial responsibilities in the Controller's organization.
 
Mr. Ford is a native of California where he started his career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1981 and held various positions in accounting and finance primarily at PG&E Corporation's interstate pipeline company. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Mr. Ford was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer with National Energy and Gas Transmission, Inc., a former subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
 
Mr. Ford holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Sacramento and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as the Chair of the American Gas Association Accounting Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Strathmore Hall Foundation as the Treasurer.
 
Mr. Ford is married, has two sons and lives in Potomac, Maryland.
Karen M. Hardwick
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Richard Moore
Vice President and Corporate Development Officer
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Mr. Moore is responsible for delivering strategic growth through new technologies and market entry, strategic relationships, complex deal structures, and M&A. He evaluates opportunities in natural gas, including transportation pipelines, distribution, and storage, as well as in solar PV, solar thermal, wind, biogas, fuel cell, combined heat and power, and energy efficiency in markets across the United States. 
 
Mr. Moore is also responsible for the development and management of WGL's corporate strategy, and for aligning WGL affiliates with the company’s overall acquisition, new energy technology, and market entry objectives.
 
He joined Washington Gas in 2004 and has served in many roles, including leading the Program Management Office, Business Process Outsourcing transitions, and most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of WGL Energy Services, the WGL affiliate supplying electricity, natural gas and green energy options to commercial and residential customers in the Mid-Atlantic.
 
Mr. Moore brings broad strategy, program management, and entrepreneurial expertise to WGL, gained through senior management experience at Accenture, as well as new market development for Time Warner International in Central Europe, where he served as the first Country Manager for Czechoslovakia.
 
Mr. Moore received an executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, and a General Course certificate from the London School of Economics. He sits on the Board of Directors of American Solar Direct and the Investment Advisory Board of the Center for Innovative Technology, and is a member of the Lead Virginia leadership program.
Anthony M. Nee
Vice President, Strategy, Business Development, and Non-Utility Operations
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Anthony M. Nee is Vice President, Strategy, Business Development, and Non-Utility Operations, and President of WGL Midstream, Inc. As President of WGL Midstream, Inc. Mr. Nee oversees the company's infrastructure investments.

Mr. Nee joined Washington Gas in 2003, overseeing compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and the energy risk management function. He also was responsible for the management of the insurance function.

Mr. Nee is a native of Pittsburgh, where he started his career as a CPA, spending 10 years in Public Accounting. After leaving the Pittsburgh office of Arthur Young, he began a 25-year career in the natural gas and electric power industries. During that time, he held increasingly responsible roles in internal audit, controls management and risk management.

Mr. Nee is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. in Accounting. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Nee has two sons. He is married and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dori Ramsey
Vice President, Human Resources
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Dori Ramsey is Vice President of Human Resources for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. She is responsible for all Human Resources operations at WGL, including HR strategy, policies and compliance; compensation and benefits; labor relations; employee relations; talent acquisition, management and development; diversity and inclusion; and performance management.  Ms. Ramsey also leads Washington Gas’ operations’ technical training and education technology functions.
 
Prior to being elected to this position in 2018, Ms. Ramsey served as assistant vice president and Chief Talent Officer at the company. She joined WGL in 2003 and has held positions of increasing leadership and responsibility in the Human Resources organization. 
 
Before joining WGL, Ms. Ramsey served for 17 years with USAirways. Ms. Ramsey held a number of leadership positions with USAirways, most recently as Director of Corporate Education and Development. 
 
Ms. Ramsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters of Business Administration degree from American University. 
 
Ms. Ramsey has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Human Resources graduate program. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. She has served as Chair of the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Board, and as a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Veterans and Military Business Council. She currently serves as a member of the Greater Washington Partnership Skills/Talent Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade HR Committee, the Executive Council of the Center for Energy Workforce Development and the STEM Strategy Group of the Girl Scouts of America. Ms. Ramsey lives with her husband in Alexandria, Va.

 

Leslie T. Thornton
Senior Vice President and Transition Counsel
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Leslie T. Thornton is the Senior Vice President and Transition Counsel of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas.
 
Prior to joining WGL, Ms. Thornton was as a partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP.  At Dickstein, Ms. Thornton conducted and managed sensitive, high-level internal corporate, federal government, and state attorney general investigations.  At Patton Boggs, Ms. Thornton advised and represented clients before regulatory agencies and helped support their strategic efforts before Congress and the White House. Beginning with the Presidential Transition of 1992 and until 2000, Ms. Thornton served in the Clinton Administration where she worked with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor, and then as Chief of Staff.  During her nearly eight years, Ms. Thornton was selected by the White House in 1995 to serve on the President's White House Budget Working Group when the government shut down, and in 1996 she served in a senior role on Mr. Clinton's presidential debate team. Holding a top secret clearance, Ms. Thornton was also her agency’s representative for the Continuity of Operations of Government program.
 
Ms. Thornton is often a requested speaker on directorship, general counsel practice, diversity and cyber security issues, and has been widely published in newspapers and other outlets including the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and Legal Times/National Law Journal.  She co-authors a treatise chapter on data privacy and cybersecurity in the Thomson Reuters/West Law series entitled Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel.  This year, Ms. Thornton completed her LL.M. in National Security Law at Georgetown Law, received MCCA's Innovator Award, Savoy Magazine’s top 300 Directors recognition and InsideCounsel's Transformative Leadership "Catalyst for Change Award.”  In addition, Ms. Thornton’s legal department won the 2016 Community Service Award, the Board of Directors of ACC National Capital Region.  Ms. Thornton received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.