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Enable chairman out

Enable chairman steps down

Enable Midstream Partners needs a new board chairman.

On Wednesday, Chairman Scott M. Prochazka, CEO of CenterPoint Energy, stepped down from leading the Houston-based company and from its board of directors.

His resignation there effectively ended his participation as a member on Enable’s board, given that CenterPoint co-owns Enable’s general partner with OGE Energy.

CenterPoint also owns 53.7% of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable, which was formed in May 2013.

In a release issued this week, Milton Carroll, CenterPoint’s executive chairman, thanked Prochazka for meaningful contributions he had made to his former employer as he led it through significant growth and transformation, helping it to achieve its vision to lead the nation in delivering energy, service, and value.

"The board has determined that now is the right time for a new leader with a fresh strategic perspective to lead the company though its next phase of growth and value creation,” Carroll said. “We are fortunate to have found … an outstanding energy industry executive with vast utility experience and the skills to ensure that we continue our momentum."

That executive, the company said, is John W. Somerhalder II, who will serve as CenterPoint’s interim CEO while it launches a process to find a permanent successor for Prochazka.

Somerhalder, officials said, is a 40-year energy industry veteran who has been on CenterPoint’s board since 2016.

Somerhalder most recently had served as an interim CEO at Colonial Pipeline Co. Before that, he served as a director, board chairman and CEO of AGL Resources Inc., a former publicly traded energy services holding company acquired by Southern Co.

On Thursday, Enable’s website still showed Prochazka as chairman of its board. A media representative for Enable could not be reached for comment.