Joe Hamrock is president and CEO of NiSource Inc.
He assumed this role upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015, and was also elected to the NiSource Board of Directors.
Hamrock previously served as executive vice president and Group CEO for NiSource's Gas Distribution segment, which included local gas distribution companies in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
In that role, he had comprehensive responsibility for all financial, operational, regulatory and commercial performance at NiSource's gas distribution operations. In coordination with leadership teams across each of these areas, he focused on driving the company's long-term growth plan, premised on executing a steady stream of infrastructure improvements and growth investments, synchronized with complementary regulatory and customer program initiatives.
Hamrock joined NiSource in May 2012 after serving in a variety of senior executive positions with American Electric Power (AEP), including president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio, and roles in engineering, transmission and distribution operations, customer service, marketing and information technology.
He began his energy industry career as an electrical engineer in transmission and distribution planning at AEP in Steubenville, Ohio. He went on to work in commercial and industrial customer services, and held leadership roles in commercial marketing and customer services, strategic development and other executive roles. Prior to becoming president of AEP Ohio, Hamrock was senior vice president and chief information officer in AEP's Shared Services organization from 2003-2007, and from 2002 to 2003 was senior vice president - General Services.
Hamrock received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Youngstown State University and a master's degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan fellow.
He is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Donald Brown is executive vice president, chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer of NiSource Inc. He is responsible for the company’s corporate finance, treasury, accounting, tax, investor relations, financial planning, and corporate planning functions.
Brown joined NiSource in April 2015 as an executive vice president in the finance department, and became CFO upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015.
He has nearly 20 years of experience, including financial leadership and consulting roles at UGI Utilities, Constellation New Energy, Progress Energy and Deloitte.
Prior to joining NiSource, Brown served as vice president, finance and chief financial officer for UGI Utilities, a division of UGI Corporation in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, since 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was controller for UGI Utilities. He was director of treasury services for UGI Corp. from 2005 to 2007.
Brown holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Gas Association’s finance committee and serves on the boards of United Way of Central Ohio and City Year Columbus.
He is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Jim L. Stanley is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of NiSource Inc.
Stanley assumed this role upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015. He oversees all NiSource gas operations, capital program management, major projects and engineering, customer & commercial operations, shared services, safety and training.
Prior to becoming COO, Stanley served as Executive Vice President and Group CEO for NiSource’s Indiana gas and electric utility, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). In this role, he oversaw all regulatory, operations and project management, and was responsible for execution of the business unit’s capital investment and growth strategies.
He is a member of NiSource's executive management council, joining NiSource in October 2012. He came to NiSource after serving in a variety of senior executive positions in the utility industry, most recently as senior vice president and chief distribution officer for Duke Energy's U.S. electric business. In this role, he had oversight of the electric distribution system for the company's six-state service area. Previously, he served as president of Duke Energy Indiana, the state's largest electric service provider. His 35-year career with PSI Energy, Cinergy and Duke Energy included assignments in a variety of departments from accounting to human resources to operations management.
Stanley has served in leadership roles in a number of community and business organizations, including the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Energy Association, Heart Association of Charlotte and Red Cross of Charlotte. He also serves on the executive advisory board of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University.
Stanley is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Rob Campbell is executive vice president of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources for NiSource Inc.
He is responsible for leading NiSource's strategic corporate affairs and human resources efforts and managing the NiSource Corporate Affairs and Human Resources organization.
Campbell assumed this role upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015. He had served as NiSource senior vice president of Human Resources since September 2005. Previously, he was employed at NiSource as vice president, Labor and Employee Relations and vice president, Human Resources from June 2001 through January 2004. In January 2004, he returned to the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP as Of Counsel to oversee Schiff's professional development functions.
From 1986 through 2001, Campbell was with Schiff Hardin, first as an associate and then as a partner. His practice was in the area of labor and employment law.
Campbell earned his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Frank J. McGarr, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Carrie Hightman is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc.
Her responsibilities include all legal and corporate secretary functions, as well as corporate compliance, business continuity, records management and unregulated real estate investments. She serves as a member of the company's executive council.
Prior to joining NiSource, Hightman served as President of AT&T Illinois. In that position, she was responsible for all regulatory, legislative, governmental and external affairs activities, as well as community and industry relations.
Prior to joining AT&T, Hightman practiced telecommunications and energy law for more than 17 years. She was a partner in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin, a national law firm, where she led its Energy, Telecommunications and Public Utilities practice group.
Hightman began her career in the public sector in 1983, serving as Staff Counsel at the Florida Public Service Commission. In 1986, she served as associate counsel at the Florida Office of Public Counsel, handling a variety of public utility cases on behalf of consumers.
Hightman serves on the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank Chicago. Active in the community, she also serves on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, and the Chicago Architectural Foundation.
Hightman was appointed Chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Committee created by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the Gary Airport Authority Board to consider creation of a public/private partnership at the Gary Airport.
Hightman is the executive co-sponsor of NiSource’s Building the NextGen, Women in Leadership initiative, which is designed to recruit, retain and develop women leaders.
Hightman earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from Florida State University.
Hightman is based at NiSource's headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana.
Sam Lee is Vice President and Corporate Secretary of NiSource Inc. His responsibilities include corporate governance, securities law, corporate policies and ethics.
Prior to joining NiSource in 2013, Lee served as Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel of Eversource Energy (formerly Northeast Utilities), and prior to Northeast Utilities he was Assistant Secretary of MetLife, Inc. in New York, and Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Xerox Corporation in Connecticut. At Eversource Energy and Xerox, he managed the corporate secretary’s office and their corporate and securities legal practice groups, and helped establish effective compliance programs.
Lee began his legal career as corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.
He graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. He is a member of the Stockholder Relations Society in New York, and served on the boards of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.
Lee is based in Merrillville, Indiana.
Carl Levander is Chief Regulatory Officer for NiSource Inc.
The presidents of Columbia Gas local distribution companies in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, along with the regulatory strategy team, report to Levander, whose responsibilities include coordinating regulatory and external activities across the six Columbia Gas states, as well leveraging regulatory best practices and policy initiatives for the organization.
Prior to taking his current role, Levander served as president of Columbia Gas of Virginia (CGV) for more than nine years. He was responsible for ensuring CGV provided its customers with reliable, high-quality customer service and ensuring the company’s overall profitability through coordinating business strategies for Columbia, including developing and implementing regulatory strategies before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Levander began his career with Columbia Gas Transmission as an attorney in 1986, and then held several positions in the rate department. In 2004, Levander was named Vice President, Marketing & Regulatory Strategy for the NiSource Pipelines, with responsibility for all marketing, regulatory and strategic planning activities of the NiSource pipeline business unit. He was named President of Columbia Gas of Virginia in 2006.
Levander holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wittenberg University and law degree from West Virginia University.
He is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Violet G. Sistovaris serves as the senior executive at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) – NiSource’s Indiana gas and electric utility. She is responsible for the operations, regulatory policy and compliance functions at NIPSCO, while ensuring premier service delivery to its 1.1 million customers across the state.
Sistovaris assumed this role upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015. She was previously senior vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NiSource, responsible for providing leadership and direction to NiSource's information technology, supply chain services, real estate and facilities management functions.
Prior to that role, Sistovaris served as vice president, Customer Contact Centers. While in that position, she directed the operation of NiSource's customer contact centers and managing contacts with the company's 3.7 million residential natural gas and electric customers served by NiSource's energy distribution companies. In addition to these responsibilities, Sistovaris's 20 years of experience at NiSource also include positions in the areas of human resources, executive recruiting and management development.
Before joining NiSource in 1994, Sistovaris was vice president, Training & Development, at Centier Bank in Merrillville, Indiana. Her banking experience centered in the areas of marketing, training and development and sales administration.
She serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the Indiana Energy Association and Northwest Indiana’s One Region initiative. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Valparaiso University and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University.
Sistovaris is based at NiSource's corporate headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana.
Joe Mulpas is vice president and chief accounting officer at NiSource Inc. He is responsible for the company's financial reporting and accounting. Prior to his current role, he was vice president in NiSource's Finance division.
Before joining NiSource in 2014, Mulpas served as assistant controller for First Energy Service Corp. Prior to joining First Energy, he served in a progression of financial leadership roles at Deloitte & Touche LLP, DPL Inc. and Maxum Petroleum.
Mulpas received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron.
He is based at NiSource's office in Columbus, Ohio.
Suzanne K. Surface is vice president, audit for NiSource Inc. She is responsible for the corporation’s internal audit and risk management functions.
She was promoted to her current position upon the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group from NiSource on July 1, 2015.
Surface previously served as NiSource vice president of regulatory strategy and support, where she was responsible for regulatory strategy, support of regulatory proceedings, and regulatory initiatives across the six Columbia Gas distribution companies. She was also responsible for demand forecasting for the NiSource electric and gas distribution companies.
During her tenure as vice president, the regulatory strategy & support team filed 18 rate cases across six jurisdictions, and instituted recovery mechanisms for accelerated pipeline replacement costs at all six Columbia Gas companies.
Surface has been employed by the Columbia Gas and NiSource distribution companies for 30 years. She began her career as an intern, and has held positions of increasing authority in the rates and regulatory matters departments.
Surface holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in business administration from Capital University, where she graduated with highest honors.
She is based in Columbus, Ohio.