Stephen Paul (Steve) Smith
EVP and CFO, NiSource Inc.
Smith was appointed Executive Vice President of NiSource Inc. in June 2008 and Chief Financial Officer two months later. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource is engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution and, through its operating companies, delivers energy to nearly 4 million customers, from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Smith has more than 16 years of financial-leadership experience in the regulated energy business. He held a progression of finance and executive leadership roles at both Columbia Energy Group and NiSource in the late 1990s and oversaw the integration of corporation functions following the 2000 merger of the two companies, which created the largest natural gas distributor east of the Rockies. Between 2003 and 2008 he held various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and Treasurer, at American Electric Power Service Corporation before rejoining NiSource in June 2008. Since then, he's been responsible for the company's corporate finance, treasury, controller, accounting, corporate tax, financial planning, and corporate planning functions.