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Virginia Natural Gas Appoints Shannon Pierce as Vice President of Strategy and Chief Administrative Officer 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – October 2, 2023 – Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) announces the appointment of Shannon Pierce as Vice President of Strategy and Chief Administrative Officer, effective October 2, 2023.

With a background including a role as Vice President, Growth, and Chief External Affairs Officer at SouthStar Energy Services, a subsidiary of VNG’s parent Southern Company Gas, Pierce brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Reporting directly to VNG President Robert Duvall, she will be a key strategic advisor, taking the helm on VNG’s growth and external affairs strategies.

"We are truly grateful to welcome Shannon Pierce into our VNG family as our Vice President of Strategy and Chief Administrative Officer. We are deeply appreciative of her vast experience and steadfast dedication to our community, which complements our mission and values,” said Duvall.

Pierce's career began as a lawyer for McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond. She joined Southern Company Gas in 2004, where she started as regulatory counsel and ascended through leadership roles in Legal, External Affairs, and Utility Operations. Beyond her professional commitments, she has held leadership roles in multiple corporate initiatives, including workforce development efforts, the LEAD (Inclusion) Council, employee resource groups, and EverGreen, an employee group that promotes sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Pierce's community engagement extends to various memberships, including the Virginia State Bar, the Energy Bar Association, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She is especially passionate about the YWCA and has served on the board of directors and executive committee for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and continued her service to the organization as a member of the board of directors of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

She has also received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, underscoring her dedication and leadership. Her awards include a 2023 Atlanta Business Chronicle Leader in Corporate Citizenship, the Quad County (IL) Urban League’s 2020 Women of Power, and as one of Atlanta Business League’s 2017 and 2023 100 Women of Influence, among others.

Pierce, a native of Surry, Virginia, holds both an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Virginia. She is committed to her alma mater and is an emeritus member of the board of managers for the alumni association.

“Pierce’s exceptional background and dedication to community service makes her a valuable addition to the VNG team,” said Duvall.  

About Virginia Natural Gas

Virginia Natural Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service to more than 300,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southeast Virginia. Consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the company also has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Energy (Virginia Energy) and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association for its safety, innovation, environmental stewardship, community outreach and educational programs, and has been named Local Distribution Company of the Year five times since 2015. The company has been ranked by its business customers as one of the most Trusted Business Partners in the utility industry according to Cogent Reports, and a Top Workplaces in Hampton Roads by Inside Business. For more information, visit and connect with the company on FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, LinkedIn and Nextdoor.

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.4 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit

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