Cayce, S.C., October 27, 2011…. SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) announced today that Steve Byrne has been named president of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Generation and Keller Kissam has been named president of SCE&G Retail Operations, effective December 1, 2011. Byrne and Kissam assume their roles simultaneously with SCE&G President and SCANA President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Marsh, beginning his tenure as SCANA chairman and chief executive officer. William Timmerman, SCANA’s current chairman and CEO, will retire effective November 30, following 14 years as the company’s top executive.
"When we announced Kevin Marsh as my successor earlier this year, we carefully considered the best way to structure leadership for SCE&G for the future. Constructing and integrating two new nuclear units into our generation fleet is a major area of focus for our company. At the same time, we’re operating in an increasingly complex regulatory environment and incorporating changes in technology to operate our systems efficiently and serve our customers effectively,” said Timmerman. “The selection of these two gifted individuals will ensure that we maintain the optimal level of focus on our current and future business requirements."
“As we move forward, we remain committed to bringing our two new nuclear plants online, and to maintaining high standards for customer service, system reliability and safety,” explained Marsh. “These are all tremendous areas of responsibility. We’re fortunate to have the expertise and leadership in-house and to be able to fully align their experience and strengths with core focus areas for our company.”
As president of SCE&G Generation and chief operating officer of SCE&G, Byrne will be responsible for a diversified fleet of generation, including SCE&G’s plans to construct two new nuclear plants, as well as demand side management, alternative energy strategies, system control and transmission planning and compliance.
Byrne has 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry, and has been with SCE&G since 1995, most recently serving as executive vice president for generation and transmission, as well as COO. He also previously served as the company’s chief nuclear officer.
He is the current president of the Carolinas Virginia Nuclear Power Associates, Inc. Decommissioning Project and chairman of the nuclear industry’s New Plant Oversight Committee. In addition, he serves on the South Carolina Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council, University of South Carolina Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, Westinghouse Quality Fuels Council, Savannah River National Lab Advisory Board and the United Way of the Midlands and Community Impact Council.
A native of West Hartlepool, England, Byrne has a Bachelors of Science Degree in engineering from Wayne State University.
As president of SCE&G Retail, Kissam will be responsible for customer service, reliability and operating excellence for electric and gas operations of the company. He has worked for the company for 23 years in various capacities including vice president of South Carolina Pipeline Corporation, vice president of SCE&G gas operations, as well as vice president of SCE&G electric operations. His current role is senior vice president of retail operations.
A native of Creston, S.C., Kissam is a graduate of The Citadel, where he served as regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto.
He is currently president of the South Carolina Independent School Association and a member of The Citadel Hall of Fame Committee and Former Regimental Commanders’ Association. He also has served as a Sunday school teacher at Shandon United Methodist Church for 15 years.
Both Byrne and Kissam will report directly to Marsh, CEO for SCANA.
SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cayce, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s website at www.scana.com.