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Alums MardiLyn Saathoff and Shawn Filippi receive promotions at NW Natural

December 22, 2014

  • MardiLyn Saathoff
  • Shawn Filippi

The board of directors for NW Natural has announced that alums MardiLyn Saathoff and Shawn Filippi have received executive promotions. Saathoff is now senior vice president and general counsel, and Filippi becomes vice president and corporate secretary.

Saathoff will assume the general counsel functions currently performed by Margaret Kirkpatrick, who will move into the role of senior vice president of environmental policy until her planned retirement at the end of 2015. Saathoff will report to Gregg Kantor, president and CEO.

Saathoff is currently vice president of legal, risk, and compliance and also serves as chief governance officer and corporate secretary. Previously, Saathoff worked for Danaher Corporation, Tektronix, the Oregon Governor’s office, the Oregon Department of Justice, and Stoel Rives, LLP. Saathoff serves on the board of directors for Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Center Stage, and the Northwest Gas Association. She holds a master’s degree from Lewis & Clark and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Filippi is being promoted to vice president and corporate secretary, reporting to Saathoff. Filippi has been with NW Natural for nearly 10 years, most recently as the company’s senior legal counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Previously, Filippi was an attorney at Stoel Rives, LLP, where she practiced in the areas of corporate law, securities, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Filippi served as chair of the alumni board of directors for Lewis & Clark Law School. She has also served as a trustee for the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at

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