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Tampa Electric announces Information Technology promotions

TAMPA, February 14, 2001

Margarita Dominguez

Karen Mincey

Tampa Electric Company today announced three senior-level management changes in the Information Technology and Telecommunications Services area.
Margarita Dominguez is being promoted to vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications Services; Karen Mincey is being promoted to assistant vice president of Information Technology; and Merlin Wadsworth, vice president and Chief Information Officer of Information Technology and Telecommunications Services, is retiring after 38 years with the company.

Formerly vice president of Energy Support, Dominguez will assume responsibility for all current functions in the IT&T area. She will also continue to have responsibility for Tampa Electric's Facility Services, Real Estate and Corporate Purchasing functions.

Last year, Dominguez was selected as a recipient of the 2000 Women of Color Technology Award for Technologist of the Year. In 1999, Dominguez was featured on the cover of the November edition of Career Communications Group (CCG) magazine U.S. Hispanic Engineer Information Technology.

Dominguez holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of South Florida. She has been with Tampa Electric for more than 25 years and has held many management positions within the company including director of Environmental Services for Energy Supply and director of Marketing and Sales for Energy Services. As a footnote, in 1975, Dominguez was the first woman engineer hired by Tampa Electric.

Mincey, who has been with Tampa Electric for more than 10 years, came to the company from Entergy Corp. She was previously director of Desktop Services and Infrastructure. Mincey has experience in Marketing, Distribution Engineering, Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Mincey was named last fall by The Business Journal Serving Greater Tampa Bay as one of "40 Under 40" to watch. In 1999, she was recognized nationally, receiving CCG's Women of Color in Technology Chairman's Award as one of the top minority female scientists in the country.

Mincey holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Orleans, and a master's degree in business administration from Loyola University Graduate School of Business.

Last year, Mincey chaired TECO Energy employees' 2000 United Way campaign, which raised more than $1 million for the third consecutive year.

Wadsworth began his career with Tampa Electric in 1962 holding various engineering and operating positions with the company. In 1988, Wadsworth was named director of System Engineering and Construction. In 1990, he was elected vice president of Materials Management. By 1999, with more corporate emphasis on technology and telecommunications, he became vice president and Chief Information Officer.

"We are very thankful to have benefited from Merlin's dedicated leadership and years of service to Tampa Electric. We wish him and his family all the best in his retirement," said Tampa Electric President John Ramil.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central service area covers approximately 2,000 square miles, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers with reliable power and value-added services. In addition to Tampa Electric Company, TECO Energy's principal businesses include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Propane Ventures and TECO Solutions.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ross Bannister – Tampa Electric 813/ 228-4945

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