NiSource Appoints Sondra Barbour and Cassandra Lee to its Board of Directors

Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Jan. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) today announced the appointments of Sondra Barbour and Cassandra Lee to its Board of Directors. Ms. Barbour's appointment is effective immediately and Ms. Lee's appointment is effective February 14, 2022, in conjunction with the retirement of Joe Hamrock. Ms. Barbour and Ms. Lee will stand for election at the Company's upcoming 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. They will replace Carolyn Woo, who has served as a director since 1998, and Joe Hamrock, who has served as a director since 2015 and today announced his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of NiSource as part of a long-planned succession process.


"We are pleased to welcome Sondra and Cassie as independent directors to our Board," said NiSource Chairman Kevin T. Kabat. "As a Board, we strive to maintain a diverse, refreshed and experienced set of directors and these additions are a testament to that process. Both Sondra and Cassie are talented and proven business leaders with valuable insight and tremendous experience with leading, large-scale information systems and industrial operations. Sondra brings a wealth of unique expertise, having previously headed internal information technology operations for Leidos and Lockheed Martin, including leadership in shared services, internal audit, supply chain and risk management. Cassie brings deep financial expertise as the Chief Audit Executive for AT&T along with experience in retail operations, distribution strategy, global supply chain, M&A, capital management, network and other capacity planning and shared services operations. We look forward to benefitting from the invaluable perspectives and complementary strengths that Sondra and Cassie will bring as we work with the management team and its newly appointed incoming CEO, Lloyd Yates, to continue to guide NiSource in its ongoing strategic transformation."

Mr. Kabat continued, "On behalf of the entire Board, I would also like to thank Carolyn and Joe for their years of leadership and collaboration. Their insights have been invaluable, and it has been a privilege to work with them to drive future success and guide NiSource's continued growth and transformation. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors."


Sondra Barbour 
Ms. Barbour retired as Executive Vice President, Information Systems & Global Solutions, of Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2016 and served in a transition role at Leidos Holdings until her retirement in 2017. Ms. Barbour joined Lockheed Martin in 1986 and served in various leadership capacities and has extensive technology experience, notably in the design and development of large-scale information systems. From 2008 to 2013 she served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Services and Chief Information Officer, heading all of Lockheed's internal information technology operations, including protecting the company's infrastructure and information from cyber threats. Prior to that role she served as Vice President, Corporate Shared Services and Vice President, Corporate Internal Audit providing oversight of supply chain activities, internal controls, and risk management. Ms. Barbour also serves as a director of AGCO Corporation and was previously a director for 3M Company.

Cassandra Lee 
Ms. Lee is an experienced financial and operational leader with extensive knowledge of the telecommunication industry, currently serving as Chief Audit Executive for AT&T Inc. She joined AT&T in 1993 and has served in various leadership capacities, including as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Network, Technology and Capital Management. In nearly 3 decades with AT&T, Cassie has acquired a wealth of expertise in various areas including retail operations; distribution strategy; global supply chain; mergers, acquisitions, and integration; capital management; network and other capacity planning; and shared services operations.

Ms. Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors of Andretti Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, where she chairs the Audit Committee. Ms. Lee serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and leads the Finance Committee. She is a Certified Public Accountant and veteran of the United States Army.

About NiSource 
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.2 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across six states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource's approximately 7,500 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. NiSource is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability - North America Index. Additional information about NiSource, its investments in modern infrastructure and systems, its commitments and its local brands can be found at Follow us at, or NI-F

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