Dec. 9, 2005 - Gastonia, N.C. - Jerry Richardson, president and chief operating officer of PSNC Energy, announced today his retirement from PSNC Energy after 37 years with the natural gas distribution company. His retirement is effective Jan. 20, 2006.
“This company and the people in it have been a big part of my life for many years,” Richardson said. “From the beginning, the thing I liked about it was the feeling that this was simply an extension of my family. It was that bond with those I worked with that made coming to work everyday pleasurable and something I looked forward to.
“I was also fortunate enough to work with a lot of wonderful people who shared with me their knowledge of this business and industry. Their tutelage through the years opened doors and provided opportunities for me to grow within the company. When I started working here in the late ‘60s, I had no idea that I would be here this long. But in looking back, I can honestly say that it’s been a good run.”
Richardson began his career as a field engineer in 1968 at Public Service Company of North Carolina, Inc., now PSNC Energy. He quickly advanced to a number of positions within the company before becoming senior vice president of engineering design and construction in 1990.
As part of the merger between PSNC Energy and SCANA in February 2000, Richardson was named senior vice president of operations. In February 2003, he was promoted yet again to his current position as president and chief operating officer.
George Bullwinkel, SCANA’s Sr. VP with responsibility for PSNC Energy, credits Richardson for his strong leadership through the years, particularly following the merger with SCANA.
“Jerry has been a respected leader within PSNC Energy for many years,” Bullwinkel said.
“Following the merger, he played a significant role and helped lead the way in North Carolina as the two companies worked through the initial transition period. He’s done a tremendous job here and we will miss him.”
PSNC Energy Vice President of Operations Rusty Harris will succeed Richardson as president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, 2006. Harris has approximately two decades of utility experience, having worked as a district manager for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company early in his career and serving as the vice president of electric operations before his transfer to PSNC Energy more than two years ago. Harris has a degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University and a MBA from the University of South Carolina.
PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to nearly 412,000 winter-peak customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s web site at www.psncenergy.com.