Atmos Energy 8-K 2010
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
September 25, 2010
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
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As reported in its news release issued September 27, 2010, Kim R. Cocklin, 59, currently president and chief operating officer of Atmos Energy Corporation, has been appointed by the board of directors as president and chief executive officer of Atmos Energy Corporation, effective October 1, 2010. Robert W. Best, 63, currently chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the company, has been appointed to the newly-created position of executive chairman, also effective October 1, 2010. Mr. Cocklin has served as president and chief operating officer of the company since October 2008, after having served as senior vice president, regulated operations from October 2006 through September 2008. Prior to joining Atmos Energy as senior vice president in June 2006, Mr. Cocklin was formerly senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Piedmont Natural Gas Company from February 2003 through May 2006.
Like all other Atmos Energy executive officers, Mr. Cocklin is an at will employee of the company and therefore does not have an employment agreement with the company. Beginning October 1, 2010, Mr. Cocklins annual salary will increase to $750,000 and he will continue to participate in all other applicable incentive, benefit, change in control and deferred compensation plans offered by the company. In addition, beginning October 1, 2010, Mr. Bests annual salary will be reduced to $750,000 and he will also continue to participate in all other applicable incentive, benefit, change in control and deferred compensation plans offered by the company.
A copy of the news release issued on September 27, 2010 announcing these management changes is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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