News Release
Aug. 17, 1998


HOUSTON -- Doug Church, senior vice president of Duke Energy Corporation’s Northeast natural gas pipelines, today announced his plans to retire on Nov. 30.

Effective Sept. 1, two other management changes will occur in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Theopolis Holeman, vice president of transmission for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company and Trunkline Gas Company, will become vice president of transmission for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation and Algonquin Gas Transmission Company, the interstate natural gas transmission units serving the Northeast. He also will assume Church’s responsibilities as chairman of Duke Energy’s pipeline operations committee.

Jeryl Mohn, general manager of transmission for the Northeast pipelines, has been named vice president of transmission for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company and Trunkline Gas Company, the Midwestern interstate natural gas pipeline subsidiaries of Duke Energy, replacing Holeman.

Effective Dec. 1, Steve Horton, vice president of pipeline engineering and environmental affairs, will begin reporting directly to Fred Fowler, group president of energy transmission. Horton previously reported to Church.

"These changes in responsibilities over the next few months will allow a smooth transition before Doug Church leaves the company," said Fowler. "Doug has been a leader in the pipeline industry and has made many contributions to Duke Energy. We will all miss his vision, foresight and experience."

Church, 60, has worked for the company for 37 years. He joined Transwestern Pipeline Company, a former subsidiary, in 1961 and was named supervisor of construction in 1969. He became manager of the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation construction department in 1978 and general manager of construction in 1980. He was elected vice president and chief engineer in 1982, became senior vice president in charge of engineering and operations three years later, and was named executive vice president in 1987. Following the merger with Texas Eastern Corporation in 1989, Church worked as a consultant to PanEnergy (which merged with Duke Power Company in 1997 to create Duke Energy) and returned to Texas Eastern as vice president of Transmission in 1991. He was elected to his current position in 1994.

Holeman, 48, began his career with the company in 1972 as an engineer for Trunkline in Houston and served in a number of pipeline operations and engineering positions of increasing responsibility for Panhandle Eastern and Trunkline before being named supervising engineer for pipeline operations in 1982. The following year, he was promoted to technical operations superintendent for Panhandle Eastern and was named transmission services director in 1988. He then served as division manager for Panhandle Eastern at Overland Park, Kan., before being elected vice president of transmission for Trunkline in 1992. He assumed parallel responsibility for Panhandle Eastern pipeline operations in 1994 and he was named to his current position in December 1995. Prior to joining the company, he was an associate engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

He received his bachelor of science degree from Memphis State University in 1971 and his master of business administration degree from the University of Houston in 1979. He completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in 1994. He is a member of the American Gas Association’s managing committee and serves as Trunkline’s representative to the Southern Gas Association. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of SERVE Houston Youth Corps and a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Mohn, 46, joined the company in 1974 as an engineer at Newton, Kan., and moved to Houston as an environmental engineer in 1976. He became safety and security superintendent for Trunkline LNG Company at Lake Charles, La., in 1978 and was named operations superintendent there in 1982. In 1983 he was promoted to region superintendent for Trunkline Gas at Lake Charles and was named division manager in Houston in 1988. He became division manager for Panhandle Eastern at Liberal, Kan., in 1989 and was promoted to director of field operations for Algonquin in 1992. He became general manager of transmission for the Northeast Pipelines in 1997.

He was graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1974 from Wichita State University, Kansas, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School earlier this year. He is a member of the Society of Gas Operators.

Horton, 51, began his career with the company in 1975 as a staff engineer in the oil and gas exploration and production division of Texas Eastern Corporation. He transferred to London in 1979 as the assistant manager of Texas Eastern’s North Sea operations. In 1981, he became assistant manager of production for Texas Eastern in Houston and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility within Texas Eastern and its subsidiaries, including assignments in public affairs and Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation. He was chosen to head the environmental affairs department at Texas Eastern in 1987 and was named director of environmental affairs for PanEnergy in 1989. He was named vice president of environmental affairs for the corporation in 1991, was promoted to vice president of engineering and materials in 1993 and named to his current position following the merger that created Duke Energy. Before joining Texas Eastern, Horton worked in exploration and production engineering for Exxon Company, U.S.A., in New Orleans.

He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1970. While in college, he participated in the Physical Science Laboratory Co-op program, including work/study assignments in Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Horton is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Louisiana.

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