July 2021, Vol. 248, No. 7


ONE Gas’ Norton to Lead ONEOK as Spencer Retires

ONEOK, Inc. announced that Pierce H. Norton II will become its president and CEO and join its board of directors upon the retirement of Terry K. Spencer on Sept. 30 after 20 years with the company, including more than seven years as president and CEO. Norton is currently president and CEO of ONE Gas, Inc. and serves on the ONE Gas board.   


He previously worked for ONEOK for almost 10 years, serving as executive vice president, Commercial, of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners prior to the separation of ONE Gas in January 2014.  In that role, Norton was responsible for the company’s natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas pipelines, natural gas liquids, natural gas distribution and energy services business segments.  He also held the position as president of ONEOK Distribution Companies – Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service.   

Norton began his natural gas industry career in 1982 at Delhi Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Texas Oil and Gas Corporation. He later worked for American Oil and Gas with operational responsibilities for natural gas gathering and processing, and for intrastate and interstate pipelines. He then worked for KN Energy as vice president and general manager of the Heartland Region, before moving to Bear Paw Energy as vice president of business development. In 2002, he was named president of Bear Paw Energy, now ONEOK Rockies Midstream.  

Norton is a member of the American Gas Association’s board of directors and served as chairman in 2017. He is a past board member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Texas Pipeline Association, the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Western Alliance. 


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