Copano Energy Announces Executive Appointments

TexasBusiness.com


Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Copano Energy LLC expanded its management team with two key executive additions.  Bryan W. Neskora has joined Copano as chief operating officer, and Susan B. Ortenstone has joined Copano as chief administrative officer.

In these new positions, Neskora and Ortenstone will report directly to R. Bruce Northcutt, Copano's chief executive officer.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Bryan and Sue to Copano,” Northcutt said in a prepared statement. “They are highly accomplished executives, each with more than 20 years of experience in the energy business, and both have successfully led large organizations.  I am confident that Bryan and Sue will be outstanding additions to our senior leadership team.”

“We have tremendous opportunities before us at Copano, and we believe that adding these senior management positions will enhance our ability to advance our growth strategy and continue creating value for our unitholders,” Northcutt said. “The senior management team looks forward to working closely with Bryan and Sue to take Copano's performance to the next level.”

Neskora previously served as senior vice president of operations of El Paso Corporation's Pipeline Group and prior to that, as senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company.  At Copano, he will oversee all aspects of Copano's operations, including commercial activities.  Sharon J. Robinson, chief operating officer of the Oklahoma and Rocky Mountains segments, and James E. Wade, chief operating officer of the Texas segment, will continue in their respective positions and will report directly to Neskora. In addition, John Goodpasture, senior vice president, corporate development will report to Neskora.

Ortenstone previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at El Paso Corporation.  At Copano, she will be responsible for human resources, information technology and administrative services.

Bryan W. Neskora, 46, has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Since 2010, he served as senior vice president of operations for El Paso Corporation's Pipeline Group, where he was responsible for overseeing operations across El Paso's interstate natural gas transmission system.  From 2007 to 2010,  Neskora served as senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, overseeing business development, marketing, commercial operations, engineering, project management and legal and regulatory affairs.  Neskora served as vice president of El Paso Marketing L.P. from June 2004 to February 2007 where he was responsible for all commercial aspects of El Paso's merchant energy group, including the marketing of El Paso production.  From October 1999 to June 2004, he held various senior leadership positions with El Paso Global Networks Company.  From 1995 to 1999,  Neskora worked in various capacities with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in business development and regulatory affairs.   From 1993 to 1995, he was director asset optimization for Pendulum Energy Services. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Ortenstone, 56, has more than 30 years of experience across diverse functional areas and business segments in the energy industry.  Since 2003,   Ortenstone was responsible for overseeing human resources, IT, communications and community relations, facilities and real estate functions for El Paso Corporation, serving first as senior vice president and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2010 and then as executive vice president and chief administrative officer from 2010 to 2012.  From 2001 to 2003,   Ortenstone served as chief executive officer of EPIC Energy, Australia's largest natural gas pipeline company at that time.  \

Ortenstone began her career at Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a division of Tenneco, Inc., where she held various positions with increasing levels of responsibility in engineering, operations, marketing, business development and strategy.  Ortenstone received a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Copano Energy LLC is a midstream natural gas company with operations in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Louisiana.