Emera Announces Leadership Changes at Peoples Gas

Scott Balfour, president and chief executive officer of Emera Inc. (TSX: EMA) announces that T.J. Szelistowski will retire as president of Peoples Gas and Helen Wesley, current chief operating officer of Peoples Gas, will be appointed the next president effective Dec. 1.   

“During T.J.’s time as president of Peoples Gas, he has developed an exceptional leadership team focused on driving growth, strong safety performance and outstanding customer service at the utility,” says Balfour.  “Helen is a strong energy leader who will build on the momentum and work with the team to advance Peoples Gas’ strategy and continue to deliver for customers in Florida.”

Szelistowski has over 42 years’ experience with Emera’s Florida operations. He has held various leadership roles at both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. As president of Peoples Gas since 2016, Szelistowski has led the team responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to more than 425,000 customers across Florida.

“Over my career with this organization, I’ve been fortunate to work with so many talented people committed to safety, customer experience and growth,” says Szelistowski.  “I’m incredibly proud of what the team at Peoples Gas has accomplished for our customers and community.”

Helen Wesley joined Peoples Gas as chief operating officer in 2020. She currently oversees the Engineering and Operations, Marketing and Sales, and Business Development departments. Over the past year, she also has been deeply involved in developing the next phase of the utility’s growth strategy, focused on residential and commercial customers and investing in emerging energy solutions that continue to position Peoples Gas to play a role in the clean energy transition. Helen is a senior energy leader with deep corporate experience in the electricity, upstream and downstream oil, and gas and chemicals industries in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.

“It’s an exciting time at Peoples Gas and I’m thrilled to continue to work with our strong team to deliver on our mission to make life better for our communities by delivering safe, resilient, clean, affordable natural gas energy solutions,” says Wesley.

Szelistowski and Wesley will continue to work closely together on a smooth transition. Leadership changes take effect on Dec 1.

Peoples Gas System, Florida's largest natural gas distribution utility, serves more than 425,000 customers across the state. Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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