Washington, D.C. — The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to announce that Dave McCurdy has been named its new president and CEO. McCurdy will succeed Dave Parker, who has served as AGA’s president and CEO since 1997. Parker announced earlier this year his desire to retire at the end of this year. McCurdy is expected to begin at AGA in early 2011.
“Dave McCurdy will be a tremendous asset to AGA, and a great addition to the AGA family,” said Bob Skaggs, chairman of AGA and president and CEO, NiSource. “AGA and its staff have accomplished a great deal under Dave Parker’s leadership during the past 13 years, and I am certain that McCurdy’s experience and talent will ensure continued success in the years to come.”
Most recently McCurdy served as president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where he led the industry in building a new collaborative approach to development of federal policies. McCurdy joined the Alliance in 2007 after serving as president and CEO of the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) for eight years. Prior to leading the EIA, McCurdy had a distinguished career in the United States House of Representatives, served as an assistant attorney general of Oklahoma and in private law practice.
As a House Member, Representative McCurdy played a major role in enacting numerous important legislative initiatives, including: 1988 National Superconductivity Competitiveness Act; the 1985 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which reorganized the Department of Defense; the Nunn-McCurdy Amendment in 1982, requiring congressional notification of Department of Defense cost overruns of 15 percent or more; and the 1993 National Service Legislation, which originated in a bill introduced by Representative McCurdy and Senator Nunn.
A 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, McCurdy received his J.D. in 1975 from Oklahoma Law School. He studied international economics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow. McCurdy also held a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of major and serving as a Judge Advocate General (JAG).
His numerous prestigious awards and honors include being the first recipient of the University of Oklahoma’s Distinguished Service Award, being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in America, PTA’s national award for child advocacy and the USO’s award for his commitment to improving education. He and his wife, Pamela M. McCurdy, M.D., a well respected physician, live in McLean, Virginia, and have three grown children.
Skaggs praised Parker, adding, “Dave’s abiding trademark was a dedication to a ’player-coach’ management style in which hierarchy gave way to equality. Dave went out of his way to make sure that recognition for AGA’s successes was always shared with the AGA staff-team, thereby earning him the admiration and affection of all who came in contact with him, most especially his colleagues at AGA. While we will all miss him greatly, we are pleased to know that he is leaving AGA’s team and all of its members in good hands.”