Mr Esquivel’s election, effective September 1, 2008, will increase the size of the natural gas distribution company’s board to 14 directors. Mr Esquivel will join the board’s audit committee and human resources committee.

Mr Esquivel has been vice president for community and corporate relations since 1995 at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Robert Best, chairman, president and CEO of Atmos Energy, said: Ruben Esquivel is a highly respected business and civic leader who has contributed his service in numerous public roles on behalf of the citizens of Texas. We are pleased to have his wise counsel and valuable experience as our company continues to grow and serve the needs of our customers.