"Kevin's deep understanding of operating in a regulated environment, balancing the interests of many stakeholders, and extensive experience in strategic planning, financial reporting, risk management, internal controls and capital markets makes him an excellent choice to serve as chairman," said current Board Chairman Richard Thompson.
Thompson announced on March 4, 2019 his plans to retire from the NiSource board at the end of the current term. He was first elected to the board in May 2004 and has served as chairman since May 2013.
"It would be an honor to serve as chairman and to succeed Rich," said Kabat. "His thoughtful and inspiring leadership will continue to guide the board and me as we work with
and the management team in delivering on our commitments to our customers, communities, shareholders and all our stakeholders."
Kabat has been a member of the NiSource board since 2015. He serves on the company's audit, nominating and governance, and compensation (Chair) committees. During his career, he served in numerous executive roles including CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp from April 2007 to November 2015. He serves as a director of Unum Group and is currently chairman of the board and a member of its human capital and governance committees. In 2016, Kabat became the lead independent director of E*Trade Financial Corporation and is a member of its bank board and its compensation and governance committees.
NiSource's annual stockholders meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. CT in Rosemont, Ill. Stockholders elect members to the NiSource Board of Directors for one year terms at the meeting. Additional details are available in the company's proxy statement, available on NiSource.com.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource's approximately 8,100 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. NiSource is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability - North America Index and the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and has been named by Forbes magazine among America's Best Large Employers since 2016. Additional information about NiSource, its investments in modern infrastructure and systems, its commitments and its local brands can be found at NiSource.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/NiSource, LinkedIn.com/company/NiSource or Twitter.com/NiSourceINC. NI-F
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