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NiSource Announces Leadership Changes in Legal and Federal Government Affairs

NiSource | October 23, 2020

NiSource (NYSE: NI) announced today that following the closing of the sale of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) to Eversource, Carrie Hightman, executive vice president, chief legal officer, NiSource and CEO and president of CMA, stepped down from her CMA roles. In addition, Hightman will be leaving NiSource in January 2021, and her position overseeing Legal and Federal Government Affairs will be eliminated.
"The Board of Directors and I are deeply grateful for Carrie's leadership and exceptional legal counsel throughout her 13 years at NiSource. Carrie's impact has been immeasurable, most recently having successfully led the transition of CMA to Eversource, and also through her elevation of the Legal and Federal Government Affairs functions. All of us at NiSource and our operating companies wish her well in retirement," said Joe Hamrock, president and CEO of NiSource.

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American Robotics | January 21, 2021

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Brillient | November 25, 2020

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