Centuri Construction CEO retiring

James P. Kane departing Phoenix, Arizona-based company as of Dec. 31


James P. Kane, president and CEO of Phoenix, Arizona-based Centuri Construction Group, Inc. will retire from the Southwest Gas Corporation subsidiary effective on Dec. 31.

"My time at Southwest Gas Corporation has been extremely rewarding, and I am especially proud of the accomplishments made in the construction services business over the past three years,"  Kane said.

Kane, who spent 43 years working in the utility and construction industries, joined Southwest Gas Corporation in 1984. He was the president of the company until July 2012 when he was named CEO of NPL Construction Co., the company's primary United States construction subsidiary.

In 2014, he was named CEO of Centuri Construction, which oversees all of Southwest Gas Corporation's construction services operations.

"Jim has been instrumental in our evolution and growth, and we are grateful for his extraordinary service, culminating as CEO of our construction services group," John Hester, Southwest Gas Corporation president and CEO, said. 

Executive recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles will assist in the search for Kane's successor. Kane will continue to lead Centuri Construction through the transition, working closely with its operations team.

"John and the board will now move forward to identify a new leader who can leverage Centuri Construction Group's enviable market position, extensive capabilities, and broad geographic footprint to take this business to the next level of success,” Kane said. “Southwest Gas Corporation has built one of the industry's most talented and dedicated teams, and I am confident that our regulated utility and construction services businesses have incredibly bright futures."

Centuri Construction Group, Inc. is a full-service natural gas piping contractor providing trenching, installation, maintenance and industrial construction solutions. It serves 22 major markets across the U.S. and Canada with customers including utilities, oil, gas, pulp and paper, and automotive companies.

Southwest Gas Corporation provides natural gas service to approximately 1.9 million customers throughout Arizona, Nevada and California.

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