Leslie T. Thornton Named New Vice President and General Counsel of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) is pleased to announce that it has hired
Leslie Thornton as Vice President and General Counsel. She will
be responsible for directing the legal work of the company and
supervising the company's attorney staff and the office of the corporate
secretary. Ms. Thornton will join the company on Nov. 28, 2011, as
Counsel to the Chairman, before assuming her position as Vice President
and General Counsel on Jan. 1, 2012.
"We are fortunate and proud to have Leslie joining our leadership team,"
said WGL Holdings Chairman and CEO Terry D. McCallister. "She has built
a tremendously diverse career as a civil and criminal litigator, a
senior executive and a corporate director. Leslie is highly regarded in
the legal community for her sound judgment, strategic thinking,
leadership capability and collaborative style."
Ms. Thornton served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Education and
as a White House advisor during the Clinton administration. In her most
recent position before joining WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, she was
a partner at Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, conducting and managing sensitive
internal corporate, federal government and state attorney general
investigations. She also advised her clients in high-level matters
before the Executive Branch and the White House. "Leslie will be missed
by many at our Firm, to be sure," said Dickstein Chairman Michael E
Nannes. "However, we are excited for Leslie and the opportunity this
presents for her to draw upon her broad experiences in the legal, public
policy, strategy, and leadership arenas."
Ms. Thornton is a prominent member of the Washington community. A
resident for more than 30 years, she serves on the board of a number of
non-profit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater
Washington. She has founded two organizations in support of the
education of disadvantaged youth in the D.C. area. Ms. Thornton has
authored numerous articles and is a frequent panelist on a variety of
issues, including compliance and diversity. Since 2005, she has also
served on the board of the Career Education Corporation as chair of the
Compliance Committee and recently was elected Lead Independent Director
by her board colleagues.
As WGL Holdings welcomes Leslie T. Thornton to its leadership team, it
is with both regret and tremendous gratitude that the company says
farewell and best wishes to its current Vice President and General
Counsel, Beverly J. Burke, who in June, announced her intent to retire
at the end of this year. Ms. Burke joined the company in 1992. Since
1998, she has been an invaluable leader, first as Vice President and
Assistant General Counsel and, since 2001, as Vice President and General
"We thank Beverly for her wisdom, leadership and guidance in both legal
and business issues in her time with WGL Holdings and Washington Gas,"
added McCallister. "We offer her our very best hopes for happiness and
continued success upon her retirement."
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings, Inc. has three
operating segments: (i) the regulated utility segment, which
primarily consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that serves
over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and
the surrounding region; (ii) the retail energy marketing segment
which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party
marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity and (iii)
the design-build energy systems segment, which consists of
Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of design-build energy
efficiency solutions to government and commercial clients.
Additional information about WGL Holdings, Inc. is available on its
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Source: WGL Holdings, Inc.
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