NW Natural Names Downing Chief Information Officer

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August 24, 2017


NW Natural Names Downing Chief Information Officer

PORTLAND, Ore. — Northwest Natural Gas Company, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has hired Jim Downing as the company’s new chief information officer. He will begin work with the company on Sept. 18.

Immediately before joining NW Natural, Downing was CIO at WorleyParsons-Americas Division. WorleyParsons is an Australia-based engineering firm providing consulting services internationally to the resources and energy sectors.

He previously worked at British Petroleum (BP) for 10 years, holding executive positions there from 2008 to 2015, and he worked for Schlumberger from 2002 until 2008.

His position at NW Natural brings him back to Portland, Ore., where he worked for Microsoft and Siemens.

NW Natural Senior Vice President Lea Anne Doolittle said, “We are excited that Jim has chosen to bring his extraordinary management skills and his extensive knowledge of the role of IT in the energy industry to NW Natural. We look forward to his leadership in an area that becomes more important every day.”

Downing will be responsible for overseeing NW Natural’s Information Technology Department. He has a BS in Information Systems and an Executive MBA from Tulane University.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to more than 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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