Robert C. Skaggs, Jr.
Retired, Chairman and CEO, Columbia Pipeline Group
Bob Skaggs is a business leader and former President and CEO of large, multi-state utilities and interstate gas pipeline companies with a track record of repositioning and significantly growing them. His expertise in solving complex problems, creating successful financial, regulatory, and operational strategies, developing senior leadership teams, and driving impactful change has informed all his work. Mr. Skaggs’ extensive public board experience includes serving as director for Cloud Peak Energy, Team, Inc., and DTE Energy, chairing the boards of Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) and Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), and serving as director for NiSource Inc.
As President and CEO of NiSource, Mr. Skaggs achieved sustained growth by transforming the company’s strategy, relationships, systems, and people. In this role, and subsequently as President and CEO of CPG and CPPL, he oversaw the leadership team that delivered an annual shareholder return of 30% through strategically growing the annual capital investment program from $500 million to $2.5 billion. Equity market value over this period grew from about $2 billion to over $20 billion.
Mr. Skaggs also led the 2015 strategic spinoff of CPG from NiSource, including formation of the IPO of CPPL (the largest MLP IPO in history), public financing, and CPG’s sale to TransCanada.
Focused on developing people and capabilities, Mr. Skaggs built top-performing teams, enhanced stakeholder relationships, ensured organizational alignment, and attained industry-leading employee safety and engagement metrics. He led a groundbreaking infrastructure modernization program, and by driving engagement with high-level government officials, consumer advocates, and industrial customers, his team secured the additional rate increases needed over many years to allow for rebuilding the system to provide safe, efficient service.
Prior to his roles at Columbia Pipeline Group and NiSource, Mr. Skaggs held executive leadership positions at Columbia Gas of Ohio and Columbia Gas of Kentucky (President), Columbia Gas Distribution Companies (Chief Financial Officer and Chief Regulatory Officer), Commonwealth Gas Services (President), and Columbia Energy Group (Vice President, Regulatory Affairs).
Mr. Skaggs holds a B.A. in economics from Davidson College, a J.D. from West Virginia University, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.