Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K



Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

December 27, 2012

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




TEXAS AND VIRGINIA   1-10042   75-1743247

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(972) 934-9227

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


  (b) On December 27, 2012, Charles K. Vaughan notified the company’s board of directors of his retirement from the board, effective immediately. A copy of the news release issued on January 3, 2013, announcing the retirement of Mr. Vaughan from the board, is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (d) Exhibits.


  99.1 News Release issued by Atmos Energy Corporation dated January 3, 2013




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


DATE: January 3, 2013     By:  


      Louis P. Gregory
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel
      and Corporate Secretary






Exhibit Number



99.1    News Release issued by Atmos Energy Corporation dated January 3, 2013     



Exhibit 99.1



News Release

Analysts and Media Contact:

Susan Giles (972) 855-3729

Atmos Energy Announces Retirement of

Charles K. Vaughan from Board of Directors

DALLAS (January 3, 2013)—Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) today announced that Charles K. Vaughan has retired from the company’s board of directors, effective December 27, 2012. Subsequent to his retirement, in recognition of his more than 55 years of service to Atmos Energy and the role he had in building and leading the company, the board appointed Vaughan as an honorary director, effective January 1, 2013.

Vaughan first joined the company in 1957, when it was a part of Pioneer Corporation, and served in numerous leadership capacities until 1983, when Atmos Energy became an independent public company. At that time, Vaughan was named the company’s first chairman, president and chief executive officer. Over the next several years, Vaughan led the company through a series of successful acquisitions, relocation of its headquarters from Amarillo to Dallas and the listing of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Subsequent to retiring as chairman of the board in 1997, Vaughan continued to serve as a director of the company until his retirement, along with serving as lead director since October 2003.

“Atmos Energy has benefited from Charlie’s leadership and vision for more than 55 years and we are pleased that the company will continue to benefit from his counsel through his new role as an honorary director,” said Kim Cocklin, president and chief executive officer of Atmos Energy. “His vision for strategic development and his leadership in the implementation of multiple acquisitions have greatly contributed to the company’s success. He embodies the values, principles and spirit that have made Atmos Energy what it is today.”

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in nine states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Information about Atmos Energy may also be accessed through social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.