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National Fuel names Pustulka COO

John R. Pustulka, the president of National Fuel Gas Co.’s pipeline and storage business, has been named chief operating officer of the entire Amherst-based energy company as part of a series of management changes.

Pustulka, who has worked at National Fuel since 1974, has been in charge of the company’s expanding network of natural gas pipelines, as well as its gas storage facilities. National Fuel has been scaling back its investment in natural gas drilling in favor of making a greater investment in its pipeline network to move gas from the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania to markets in Canada and the eastern United States.

National Fuel also named David P. Bauer, its treasurer and principal financial officer, as the replacement for Pustulka as president of the pipeline and storage business. Bauer, who will retain his financial posts, joined National Fuel in 2001 after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 10 years.

Carl M. Carlotti, the senior vice president of National Fuel’s utility business, has been named president of the unit, replacing Anna Marie Cellino, who is retiring on Feb. 1. Carlotti, who has worked at National Fuel since 1985, has held the No. 2 post in the utility business for the last eight years and has been the head of its Pennsylvania utility operations since 1993.

National Fuel also said the Matthew D. Cabell, the president of its Houston-based oil and natural gas drilling business since 2006, plans to retire on May 1. John P. McGinnis, the unit’s chief operating officer, will replace Cabell as its president.

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