INTERNATIONAL NEWS: New PR position to help bring AGL even closerto customers

ATLANTA: Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL), the Southeast's largest

natural gas distributor, has announced the formation of new senior PR

position: director of community responsibility

Paula Rosput, CEO of AGL parent company AGL Resources, has appointed

Harriette Watkins, former manager of diversity for Georgia Power

Company, to the post.

While AGL Resources and its entities have a century-long history of

community philanthropy and outreach, the new position and Watkins' hire

indicate the company's effort to put strategic weight behind its

efforts. Most recently, community relations was overseen by a human

resources specialist who has since returned to that department.

Speaking on behalf of Rosput, who was unavailable for comment, Melanie

Platt, VP of investor relations and business support, said Watkins is

expected to not only manage AGL's philanthropic endeavors, but provide

leadership to company executives and service center managers throughout

the Southeast. AGL's current community involvement includes

environmental stewardship, a commitment to build five Habitat for

Humanity homes over the next five years and support of women and

minority leadership organizations.

According to Platt, Watkins' charter in the new position is not only to

manage corporate giving but also to facilitate Rosput's commitment to

develop and deploy an AGL employee volunteer force.

Watkins said she views her biggest challenge as finding out how to "make

the greatest impact on the community in a way that supports and extends

our business strategies." She said that she will be examining a variety

of institutions to encourage board placements and volunteer

participation by AGL executives and employees.

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