Kinder Morgan hires new general counsel

Feb 28, 2019
Catherine James’ resumé includes Dynegy and Reliant Energy

Kinder Morgan’s board of directors has appointed Catherine James as vice president and general counsel.

James served as general counsel of Dynegy from 2011 until Vistara acquired it last year. She previously served as general counsel for NRG Gulf Coast and Reliant Energy. Earlier in her career, she held senior legal roles at Calpine Corporation, the Coastal Corporation and Chevron.

‘We are pleased to welcome Catherine to Kinder Morgan,’ company president Kim Dang says in a statement. ‘[Her] extensive legal experience in the energy sector makes her a wonderful fit for this position, and we are confident she will do great work.’

Kinder Morgan’s previous general counsel, James Curtis Moffatt, passed away on December 28, 2018. He had previously announced his retirement, with effect from August 2019, and the company had begun a search for his successor. Kinder Morgan’s long-time vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Adam Forman, has been serving as interim general counsel since December.

‘[Curt] was a leading figure in the energy bar, and his contributions to the energy sector and to federal law and policy are legion,’ said Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean in a statement in December. ‘[He] served [Kinder Morgan] well for decades, both as an outside adviser and, for the last five years, as a full-time employee. More importantly, he was a dear friend and a mentor to many. He will be greatly missed.’

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns an interest in or operates roughly 84,000 miles of pipelines and 157 terminals.

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