Energen, a diversified energy holding company, has appointed James McManus II as the next chairman of the board of the energy holding company and its two operating subsidiaries, Energen Resources and Alabama Gas.

Mr McManus a member of the board since 2006, will begin his tenure as chairman on January 1, 2008. He will continue to serve as CEO of Energen and its subsidiaries as well as president of Energen and Energen Resources.

Mr McManus joined Energen in 1986 and served in numerous financial and strategic planning capacities before being named president and COO of Energen Resources in 1997. In January 2006, he was elected Energen’s president and COO. McManus has served as CEO of Energen and its subsidiaries since July 1, 2007. Prior to joining Energen, McManus II was employed by Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Mr McManus is a member of the boards and executive committees of the American Exploration and Production Council and the US Oil & Gas Association, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a past director of the Independent Producers Association of America (IPAA).