TECO Energy legal department announces leadership changes
TAMPA, July 3, 2007
TECO Energy today announced that, after 26 years with TECO Energy, Sheila McDevitt, Senior Vice President/General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer has retired, effective July 1. She plans to remain active consulting for the legal and business communities, and to devote more of her time to public service in support of higher education.
McDevitt joined Tampa Electric as the Government Affairs counsel in 1981 and was soon promoted to Corporate Counsel. She served as Senior Corporate Counsel before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, and then Vice President and General Counsel in January 1999. McDevitt was responsible for the legal affairs of TECO Energy and managed the Legal; Corporate Secretary and Governance; Corporate Compliance and Diversity; and Corporate Communications departments.
“Through her career with TECO Energy, Sheila accomplished a great deal. She established the company’s Legal department and initiated the Standards of Integrity, Ethics and Compliance and Corporate Governance programs. These are vital facets of TECO Energy that will endure long after her departure,” said Sherrill Hudson, chairman and CEO.
McDevitt has also played a strong role in the community. She currently serves as vice chair of the Florida Board of Governors over the state university system, chair of St. Leo University’s Board of Trustees, co-chair of the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Tampa Bay and president-elect of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. She is past chair of the Board of Trustees of Lowry Park Zoological Society and past chair and current member of the Board of Visitors of the Florida State University College of Law.
Charles A. Attal III , Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, has been promoted to Vice President and General Counsel, reporting to Sherrill Hudson, TECO Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Attal will have overall responsibility for the Legal, Corporate Compliance and Corporate Secretary functions.
Attal joined TECO Energy, Inc. as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel on September 17, 2001. In this capacity, he managed the day-to-day operations of TECO Energy’s Legal Department. Aside from his management responsibilities, Attal performed legal work in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, independent power project development and finance, energy marketing and trading, derivative trading and general commercial matters.
Attal received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1985 and received his M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1982 where he was an Eagleton Fellow. He received his B.A. in Political Science and in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina in 1981 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to practice law in New York and in Georgia and is an Authorized in House Counsel in Florida. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and for the Northern District of Georgia.
David Schwartz , currently Vice President-Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, has been promoted to Vice President-Governance and Compliance, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, assuming responsibility for Corporate Compliance along with his governance and corporate secretary responsibilities, reporting to Attal. Burnis Kilpatrick continues as the Corporate Compliance Officer, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and to Schwartz on a day-to-day basis.
David Nicholson , currently Senior Corporate Counsel, has been promoted to Associate General Counsel, reporting to Attal. In his new role, Nicholson will oversee the Legal and Claims Management teams.
TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.