LNG’s Global Business Implications Subject of Sept. 25 Speaker Series

Published on September 5, 2012

Bauer College, AGL Resources Kick Off Fall Distinguished Leaders Series With Panel Discussion on The Business of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

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The business of LNG — liquefied natural gas — has been top of mind for energy companies in the last decade, as more players invest in new technologies to treat, transport and store the fuel. Energy shortage concerns have further driven the discussion of LNG as an alternative fuel source.

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business will bring together students, industry leaders and the business community on Sept. 25 to address the topic in the first Distinguished Leaders Series (DLS) panel of the fall semester.
Presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies, the DLS serves as an opportunity for exploring topical issues in business, most recently those in the energy industry. Previous DLS events have covered the global energy supply chain, energy master limited partnerships and gas shale discoveries.

On Sept. 25, a reception will be held in the lobby of Cemo Hall at 5 p.m. before the 6 p.m. panel discussion, where featured speakers will give an overview of LNG in the global business context. The panel will feature accomplished leaders from the energy industry, including:

Linda J. Berndt

Natural Gas Economy Commercial Development
EnCana Natural Gas, Inc.

Linda BerndtLinda J. Berndt currently serves in a commercial development role in Dallas, Texas with Encana Natural Gas, Inc. She has responsibility for development of new transportation markets in Texas with expansion along the Gulf Coast states. Berndt has developed strategic sales growth plans for new business development opportunities to improve market share including targeted marketing to heavy-duty fleet industries such as forestry, rock and aggregates, etc.

Berndt was previously the vice president of business development for Applied LNG Technologies (“ALT”) and before that vice president of government affairs for Earth Biofuels. She has extensive experience in developing use of natural gas in large fleets and as an energy source. She has worked with state, federal, and municipal environmental, regulatory and legislative groups towards creating a more favorable environment for natural gas development. Berndt has worked with Governors’ offices in numerous states on energy policy and with numerous Clean Cities’ groups and the EPA to implement alternative and renewable energy programs.
Berndt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business’ Executive Development Program and earned a Bachelor of Science for both Marketing and Business Management from Oklahoma City University.

Stephen J. Cittadine

President, Storage and Fuels
AGL Resources

Stephen J. Cittadine Steve Cittadine was named president, Storage and Fuels for AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) in December 2011. He is responsible for Midstream Operations which is comprised of natural gas storage facilities in California, Louisiana and Texas as well as the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business line.

Cittadine brings more than 29 years of experience in the natural gas industry to his role. Previously, he served as president of Nicor Enerchange, LLC.

Earlier in his career, Cittadine held marketing and trading roles at Valero Gas Marketing and, through acquisition, at PG&E Corporation. Prior to this, he held various positions in engineering and business development at NGPL and MidCon Corp.
Cittadine earned a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

He lives with his wife and three children in Downers Grove, Ill.

Michael Wortley

Vice President, Business Development
Cheniere Energy

Prior to joining Cheniere in February 2005, Wortley spent five years in oil and gas corporate development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Wortley began his career as an Internal Auditor with Union Pacific Resources Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company subsequently acquired by Anadarko.

Wortley received a B.B.A. degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University.



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By Amanda Sebesta

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