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Pierce H. Norton II

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Pierce H. Norton II of Heflin, Alabama, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1982.

Norton began his career in the energy industry at Delhi Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Texas Oil and Gas Corporation. He later worked for American Oil and Gas with operational responsibilities for natural gas gathering and processing, and for intrastate and interstate pipelines. He then worked for KN Energy as vice president and general manager of the Heartland Region, before moving to Bear Paw Energy as vice president of business development. In 2002, he was named president of Bear Paw Energy. In 2004, he joined ONEOK, a diversified energy company and general partner of ONEOK Partners, a national leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids.

At ONEOK, Norton held roles of increasing responsibility. From 2009 to 2011, he was responsible for operations of ONEOK’s three distribution companies, its energy services segment and its environment, safety and health department. In December 2011, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners, responsible for all natural gas pipelines, natural gas liquids pipelines and the natural gas gathering and processing businesses. He was later made executive vice president of all commercial activities.

In January 2014, ONEOK spun off its natural gas distribution business to form ONE Gas. Today, Norton is president and chief executive officer of ONE Gas, one of the largest publicly traded, 100-percent regulated natural gas utilities in the United States. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company provides natural gas distribution services to more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

Norton is first vice chair of the American Gas Association’s board of directors and is expected to be chairman in 2017. He serves on the Tulsa Community College Foundation board and is the immediate past chairman. He is a past board member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Texas Pipeline Association, the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Western Energy Alliance.

He has been honored as Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators in Tulsa and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.