PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), today announced the promotion of Jon Huddleston to Vice President of Utility Operations, effective March 31, 2018.

Huddleston will report to Kim Heiting, who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Utility Operations and Chief Marketing Officer, also effective March 31, 2018, following the retirement of Grant Yoshihara.

Huddleston has worked at NW Natural for 27 years in a wide range of positions, most recently overseeing transmission and distribution construction, gas operations and maintenance, storage plant operations and gas control. Previously, he led engineering, technical training, business systems support, business analytics, technology implementation and federal pipeline safety compliance for NW Natural.

“With Jon’s vast industry experience and knowledge, he is well prepared to take on this new responsibility at NW Natural,” said Heiting. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber on our team. His involvement in instituting best practices in the industry has made our own company operations stronger.”

Huddleston currently represents NW Natural with several national and regional industry trade and research associations, including the American Gas Association, Western Energy Institute and the Gas Technology Institute. Prior to joining NW Natural, he worked for The Boeing Company in the greater Seattle area as a design engineer and team lead. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University.

Huddleston currently serves on the board of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. He has been active with Oregon State University, serving on the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program internship board and as a frequent guest speaker. Huddleston has also served on local chambers of commerce, economic development councils and utility coordinating councils, and has coached a variety of youth sports.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 740,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.