The board of directors of Enable Midstream Partners LP has appointed Rodney “Rod” J. Sailor as president, CEO and member of the board effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Sailor currently serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will succeed interim CEO Pete Delaney, who named interim president and CEO effective June 1, following the departure of former CEO Lynn L. Bourdon.
“The pace of change within the energy sector is exponential. Enable’s next CEO must thrive in a dynamic environment, must accelerate its growth through understanding of the competitive landscape, and leverage the people and financial resources to capitalize on its position of strength,” said Enable board member Alan Harris, who was chair of the CEO search committee. “As a search committee, we looked at many leaders from across the energy sector for the ideal candidate. What we found with Rod was the right mix of character, experience and skills to ensure leadership and strategic continuity. He also demonstrated a commitment to building on Enable’s established, strong foundation and furthering the growth of a results-driven culture. He is clearly the leader for the company’s future and has the unanimous support of the board of directors.”
Delaney added that Sailor, who has demonstrated true leadership and character during the transition period, has played a major role in pushing the company’s strategy forward and strengthening the teamwork of the senior leadership team.
“Rod has the business experience, leadership skills and forward vision to lead Enable in the years ahead,” Delaney said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with him closely and have observed his breadth of leadership and the strength of his commitment to Enable and to our values-based culture that guides us forward. Under Rod’s leadership, the company has built and maintained a strong balance sheet and sustained distribution growth. I’m convinced there is no better leader for Enable today.”
Sailor, 56, is a long-time energy industry veteran having held a variety of leadership positions in corporate finance, strategic planning and development, accounting and international finance. Prior to joining Enable, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at WPX Energy. He also served as vice president and treasurer for The Williams Cos., where he was instrumental in the formation of two master limited partnerships.
“I joined Enable about 18 months ago because I wanted to be a part of a company where I believed we could create something special,” Sailor said. “Today, I still hold that belief. We have great opportunities before us, and being entrusted to lead our people and this company into the future is incredibly humbling and exhilarating. Pete, in his short time with us as CEO, has contributed significantly to positively shaping our culture, and I look forward to building on the momentum he has established. And, at a time when our industry is in the midst of more disruption than we’ve encountered in a decade, I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to win, and more honored to lead.”