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Robert S. McAnnally, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sid McAnnally is president and chief executive officer of ONE Gas and a member of the ONE Gas Board of Directors.

McAnnally joined the company in 2015 as senior vice president of operations responsible for the operation of its three natural gas utilities – Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2020, assuming additional responsibilities for the company’s administrative functions, including human resources and information technology.

Before joining ONE Gas, McAnnally was an officer of Energen Corporation, serving first as vice president of external affairs and strategic planning, then as senior vice president of customer service and marketing for its utility subsidiary, Alagasco. Before joining Energen, McAnnally practiced law, representing clients in the utility, financial and corporate sectors.

McAnnally serves on the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association. He served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Gas Foundation and remains an active trustee. McAnnally is also involved in several other industry associations and charitable organizations.  

McAnnally holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University. He has also attended the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School. 

Updated September 2021

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Caron A. Lawhorn, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Caron Lawhorn is senior vice president, chief financial officer, of ONE Gas.

At ONE Gas’s separation from ONEOK, Inc. into a standalone, publicly traded company, Lawhorn was named senior vice president, commercial, responsible for commercial activities of ONE Gas’s three natural gas distribution utilities – Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service. In early 2014, Lawhorn served in the same role at ONEOK, Inc., prior to ONE Gas becoming a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Prior to that, she was president of ONEOK’s natural gas distribution segment. From July 2009 until March 2011, she was senior vice president, corporate planning and development of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners, responsible for business development, strategic and long-range planning and capital investment.

She became senior vice president and chief accounting officer of ONEOK in 2007, adding responsibility for ONEOK Partners in 2008. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of financial services and treasurer of ONEOK. She joined ONEOK in 1998, after serving as a senior manager at KPMG and chief financial officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority in Tulsa.

In January 2019, Lawhorn was appointed to the board of directors of AAON (NASDAQ-AAON), a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment headquartered in Tulsa. She is a member of the board of regents of Tulsa Community College, a member of the board of directors of the Tulsa Area United Way and served as immediate past chair of the board of directors for the Southern Gas Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class 21 and Leadership Tulsa – Class 32.

Lawhorn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa, where she was named a Distinguished Alumna of the university and an Outstanding Alumna in the College of Business. She also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Curtis L. Dinan, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Curtis L. Dinan is senior vice president and chief operating officer of ONE Gas.

He is responsible for safety, operations and commercial for the company’s three natural gas distribution utilities – Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service.

In 2014, at ONE Gas’s separation from ONEOK, Inc. into a standalone, publicly traded company, Dinan was named senior vice president and chief financial officer. He was promoted to senior vice president and chief commercial officer in 2019 and to his current role in 2021.

Prior to the separation from ONEOK, he served as president, natural gas, of ONEOK Partners, responsible for the commercial activities in its natural gas gathering and processing and natural gas pipelines segments. Before that, Dinan was senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners from 2007 to 2011. He served on the ONEOK Partners Board of Directors from October 2007 to March 2011. He joined ONEOK in 2004 as vice president and chief accounting officer after being an audit partner with both Arthur Andersen LLP and Grant Thornton LLP.

Dinan is a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Paul Mueller Company (OTC-MUEL), a manufacturer of equipment and components for the food, dairy, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. He is a member of the board of trustees for Drury University and the boards of directors of Tulsa Community College Foundation and Downtown Tulsa Partnership. He is also a past chair of the finance committee for the American Gas Association and has served on the boards of directors for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Texas Pipeline Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 20 and Leadership Tulsa Class 24.

Dinan earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and business administration in 1989 from Drury University, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for Career Achievement. He also is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Joseph L. McCormick, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

Joe McCormick is senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary of ONE Gas, responsible for legal matters of its three natural gas distribution utilities – Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service.

Prior to ONE Gas becoming a standalone publicly traded company separate from ONEOK Inc., he served as vice president and associate general counsel of ONEOK in a similar capacity.

McCormick joined ONEOK in 2003 as the managing attorney of Oklahoma Natural Gas. Prior to that, he served as an assistant attorney general with the Oklahoma attorney general’s office and as an assistant general counsel with the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

McCormick is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa – Class 46. He also has served as a board member of the Oklahoma Individual Self-Insured Guaranty Fund, the Oklahoma Academy, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, the Lyric Theatre and the Oklahoma Huntington Disease Society. McCormick is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

A native of California, McCormick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration in 1984 from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and a Juris Doctorate in 1987 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman.

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Mark A. Bender, Senior Vice President, Administration and Chief Information Officer

Mark Bender is senior vice president, administration and chief information officer, of ONE Gas. Bender joined ONE Gas in 2014 as vice president and chief information officer.

Prior to ONE Gas, Bender was vice president of business systems for Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, where he also served as vice president of information technology operations. There, he was responsible for managing traditional infrastructure services and creating innovative technology solutions. Bender also has been chief information officer at both Oral Roberts University and Williams Communications.

He began his career in the natural gas industry in 1987 in the information technology group for Source Gas, a natural gas distribution company in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He then joined Ernst & Young as a management consultant specializing in the energy and insurance markets before returning to his hometown of Tulsa to join The Williams Companies in 1993.

Bender currently serves on the University of Oklahoma’s Computer Science Board of Advisors. Additionally, he recently joined the Board of Directors for A New Leaf, a non-profit organization. He previously served on the Hewlett Board of Advisors and the City of Tulsa Information Technology Advisory Council.

A Tulsa native, Bender earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems in 1987 from the University of Tulsa.

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W. Kent Shortridge, Senior Vice President, Operations and Customer Service

Kent Shortridge is senior vice president of operations and customer service of ONE Gas. ONE Gas provides natural gas distribution services to more than two million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

Previously he served as managing vice president of operations of ONE Gas. Prior to ONE Gas becoming a stand-alone, publicly-traded company separated from ONEOK, Inc., he served as vice president of operations for Oklahoma Natural Gas. He joined ONEOK in 1990 as a field engineer and has held various positions of increasing responsibility. He was vice president of Oklahoma Natural Gas Company’s Eastern Region, where he managed and oversaw operations. Prior to that, as president of natural gas pipelines of ONEOK Partners, he was responsible for interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines and storage. He also has held the position of vice president of natural gas supply and administration of ONEOK’s natural gas distribution segment at the time – Oklahoma Natural, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service – and vice president, commercial, of ONEOK Partners’ intrastate pipelines and storage assets.

Active in the community and industry, Shortridge is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XV and has served on various nonprofit boards in the communities where he has lived. He currently serves on the executive board of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is a senior member of the College of Industrial Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the board of the Southern Gas Association and is a past board member of the Texas Pipeline Association.

A native of California, Shortridge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering in 1990 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1997 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

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Julie A. White, Vice President, Communications and Inclusion & Diversity

Julie White is vice president of Communications and Inclusion and Diversity. White is responsible for the communications strategy, provides counsel to the top leaders and leads the team responsible for developing all internal and external communications activities that drive stakeholder understanding, acceptance, perception, and trust. She also oversees the Company’s philanthropic efforts including the ONE Gas Foundation, community investments, employee volunteerism and matching grant programs. White also leads the company’s Inclusion and Diversity efforts in fostering an environment where every employee has the opportunity to add to our success by strengthening our values-driven culture and building a high-performing workforce.

Before joining ONE Gas in 2018, she served as vice president, corporate communications for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a global energy company consisting of several locally managed energy businesses with more than 21,000 employees.

White serves on the board of directors of New View Oklahoma, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision, maximizing their opportunities for independence through all stages of life. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and currently leads a communications industry group for the Southern Gas Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33.

White holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Iowa State University, where she graduated with distinction.