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Citizens Energy Group Announces Management Changes

INDIANAPOLIS—Citizens Energy Group today announced the following management changes. 

Blaire Dougherty, previously Executive Director Controller, has been promoted to Vice President, Controller. Joining Citizens in 1987, Dougherty has made numerous contributions to upholding the financial integrity of the Trust in her various roles including Budget and Operations Analyst, Budget and Financial Plans Manager and Director of Finance. Dougherty has led the controller group through many transitions over the years including financial system implementations and upgrades, business process improvements, and business acquisitions including both thermal and water/wastewater. Dougherty has a bachelor’s in industrial management from Purdue University.

Jeff Harrison, previously Vice President of Capital Program & Engineering, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Engineering & Sustainability. In his new role, Harrison will continue to be responsible for all capital investments made by Citizens Energy Group.  Harrison will also take the lead in creating a vision for making Citizens a leader in sustainability. Another added responsibility will be Environmental Stewardship and Laboratory areas.  Harrison joined Citizens in 2003 as Director of Market Development and was promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing in 2004. Prior to joining Citizens, Harrison served at Indianapolis Power & Light in various roles including Director of Steam Distribution, Project Coordinator of Business Development and Corporate Strategist. Harrison has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Indiana University.

Mark Jacob, previously Director of Special Projects, has been promoted to Vice President of Major Capital Projects. Jacob joined Citizens in August 2011 during the acquisition of the community's water and wastewater utilities. Prior to joining Citizens, Jacob was Senior Vice President and Principal-in-Charge for DLZ, a large consulting firm in the architectural/engineering industry. Jacob has more than 29 years of experience in management, planning, design and construction in public works, transportation and architecture projects.  Jacob has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Curtis Popp, previously Director of Shared Field Services, has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering and Shared Field Services. Popp joined Citizens in 1985 as a Project Engineer and worked his way up through various positions of increasing responsibility including Delivery Service Support Manager, Manager of Gas Control, Manager of Midstream Assets and Director of Treasury. Popp has a bachelor’s in mathematics from Carroll College, a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from Indiana University. Popp also holds an Indiana Professional Engineering license.

Mike Strohl, previously Vice President of Customer Relationships, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Customer Relationships and Corporate Affairs. In his new role, Strohl will continue overseeing Customer Relationships, which includes Customer Services, Customer Billing, Revenue Assurance and Business to Business Relationships. Additionally, he will be responsible for Corporate Affairs and Communications as well as leading the Strategic Planning for Citizens.

Strohl joined Citizens in 2000 as Director of Finance for Citizens By-Products and served as Controller in 2005 and as Treasurer through 2008. Prior to joining Citizens, Strohl served in various positions, including Manager of Financial Analysis for Magnequench International and Vice President of Corporate Finance for City Securities Corporation. Strohl has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois State University and an MBA from Indiana University.

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