HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire -07/31/12)- Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (EEP) (the "Partnership" or "Enbridge Partners") today announced coinciding changes to the boards of directors of its general partner, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. ("EECI"), and its management company, Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (EEQ), including the election of a new Director, effective July 30, 2012.
In accordance with our corporate governance guidelines, Martha O. Hesse, an independent director since 2003 and board chair since 2007, retired as chairman on July 30, 2012 and will retire as a director effective August 14, 2012. Jeffrey A. Connelly, an independent director and chairman of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committees, was elected as chairman of the boards. J. Herb England was elected as chairman of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committees.
"Martha Hesse brings tremendous corporate and regulatory experience to the Board," said Mark Maki, president of the Partnership. "Through her leadership, the Partnership has delivered solid annual distribution growth and is positioned for considerable future expansion of our pipeline systems. Martha helped guide the Partnership through a period of unprecedented pipeline development and her counsel was critical to navigating the financial markets turmoil in 2008 and 2009. The Board and management wish Martha the best in her retirement and continued success in her future endeavors."
Maki said: "In his capacity as chairman, Jeff Connelly brings his depth of experience and leadership in the pipeline business. Similarly, Herb England brings his extensive executive and financial background to the role of chairman of our Audit, Finance and Risk Committees."
Effective July 30, Rebecca B. Roberts was elected to the boards of directors of its general partner, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., and its management company, Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C., and will serve on the respective Audit, Finance and Risk Committees.
"Becky Roberts is joining our boards and brings considerable pipeline and energy industry experience to her position as director," concluded Maki.
Rebecca B. Roberts most recently served as President of Chevron Pipe Line Company, a pipeline company transporting crude oil, refined petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas and chemicals within the United States, from 2006 to February 2011. In this capacity, she was responsible for transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, chemicals, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Prior to that, she was President of Chevron Global Power Generation from 2003 to 2006.
About Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.
Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (www.enbridgepartners.com) owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and natural gas transportation systems in the United States. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 13 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 70 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.
Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (www.enbridgemanagement.com) manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 14 percent interest in the Partnership. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (ENB) (ENB.TO) (www.enbridge.com) is the general partner and holds an approximate 23 percent interest in the Partnership.