UGI Corp. names interim CEO as part of leadership transition

December 26, 2023 By    

UGI Corp. named Mario Longhi as interim CEO, as Roger Perreault has stepped down as president and CEO and as a member of the board of directors. Longhi is also the incoming chair of the board.

“I have worked closely with Mario over the years in our capacity as directors and am confident in his ability to lead UGI on an interim basis,” says Frank Hermance, chairman of the board. “On behalf of the board, I thank Roger for his many contributions and years of service to UGI. Since joining the company in 2015, Roger has served in a multitude of leadership roles at UGI, helping lead the UGI International and AmeriGas transformation projects as well as driving the development of renewable energy solutions. We wish him the absolute best in the future.”

Longhi previously served as the CEO of United States Steel Corp., an integrated steel producer. He was formerly president and CEO (September 2013 to February 2017), president and COO (June 2013 to September 2013) and executive vice president and COO (July 2012 to June 2013) of United States Steel Corp. Prior to United States Steel Corp., Longhi spent 23 years at Alcoa Inc., where he served in various leadership roles across multiple global business divisions. Longhi previously was a director of Harsco Corp., a global provider of environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams and innovative technologies for the rail sector, and ITT Inc., a manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the transportation, industrial, and oil and gas markets.

Longhi will succeed Hermance as chair of the UGI board of directors when Hermance retires from his role at UGI’s annual shareholder meeting in January 2024 in compliance with the mandatory retirement age set forth in UGI’s corporate governance documents.

“I am honored to take on the role of interim CEO and, given my familiarity with the company, am confident this will be a seamless transition for all of our stakeholders,” Longhi says. “As the board conducts its CEO search process, I look forward to working closely with my fellow directors and the entire UGI leadership team to continue our strategic review process, to best position UGI for the long term and support sustainable value creation for our shareholders.”

As announced on Aug. 30, the UGI board of directors has initiated a process to evaluate potential strategic alternatives focusing on the LPG business with the intent to unlock and maximize shareholder value. In consultation with financial and legal advisers, the UGI board and management are considering a range of strategic, operational and financial alternatives with the goal of reducing UGI’s earnings volatility, strengthening its balance sheet, optimizing the company’s cost structure and realigning its capital allocation priorities.

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