Owensboro, KY – Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. (Southern Star) is excited to announce Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Southern Star President and Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Staton as a member of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB).
The KWIB serves as an advisory board to the Governor on workforce training and development issues. The 27-member team is charged with creating a statewide vision for workforce development and adopting a plan to move Kentucky forward through workforce training and development.
“I am sincerely honored to be selected for this position. Through thoughtful collaboration with fellow board members, we hope to deliver a targeted approach to develop a greater workforce in the Bluegrass State. A skilled workforce benefits our state’s businesses and economy, while building value in the individual worker. It’s a truly a ‘win-win’ for all,” said Staton.
Staton takes over Carla Webster’s board seat following her resignation. His term ends October 7, 2023.
About Jimmy Staton
Jimmy Staton became President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Star in December 2016. Staton has vast experience in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for Venture Global LNG and as Executive Vice President of NiSource and the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Pipeline Group, Northern Indiana Public Service Company and the Columbia Distribution Companies. Prior to joining NiSource, Staton served several executive roles for various companies in the energy sector.
Staton graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He is actively involved with industry groups, serving as Vice Chair of the Southern Gas Association and as a Board Member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.
About Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc., headquartered in Owensboro, Kentucky, is an interstate natural gas transportation company in the Midwest and Mid-continent regions of the United States. Southern Star’s pipeline system consists of approximately 6,000 miles of transmission and storage pipelines located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The system serves customers in these seven states, including major metropolitan areas in Kansas and Missouri, which are its main market areas.