David Anderson, NW Natural, to Lead as AGA Chair

Washington D.C. – David H. Anderson, President & CEO of NW Natural in Portland, OR, will Chair the American Gas Association (AGA) Board of Directors in 2021. The Board voted unanimously during a virtual meeting earlier today.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the American Gas Association and be a voice for our 180 million customers nationwide in the conversation about affordable, reliable energy,” Anderson said. “In the year ahead, natural gas will continue to play an essential role for families and businesses recovering from the economic devastation wrought by COVID, providing the energy folks need and expect, while also helping us achieve our shared goal of lower emissions and a clean energy future.”

NW Natural is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities through more than 770,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Anderson joined NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN), in 2004 and served in a number of leadership positions before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. He previously held executive positions within TXU Corporation (formerly Texas Utilities). Anderson is a member of AGA’s Executive Committee, past co-chair of the Clean Energy Task Force and past Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the AGA Compensation Committee, Finance Committee and Board Safety Committee. He is Director of the Oregon Business Council, a member of SOLVE Founders€™ Circle, and has been appointed to serve on Oregon’s Global Warming Commission.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome David as AGA’s 2021 chair as he brings his depth of knowledge, strategic vision and a proven track record of successful leadership in our industry,” said AGA CEO Karen Harbert. “These next few years will be crucial as our customer base expands, safety initiatives grow and technological innovation continues to drive down emissions. We are also extremely grateful for the leadership of the Immediate Past Chair, Diane Leopold, who has positioned us comfortably for these growth opportunities. I look forward to working with David and the rest of the AGA Board to raise the voice of natural gas in this country, and I am eager to continue this work on the quest to achieve the clean energy future we are all working towards.”

AGA’s other board officers for 2021 will include: First Vice Chair Kim Greene, President & CEO, Southern Company Gas (Atlanta, GA) and Second Vice Chair Suzanne Sitherwood, President & CEO, Spire Inc. (St. Louis, MO). Diane Leopold, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Dominion Energy (Richmond, VA) who has served as Chair for 2020 will become Immediate Past Chair when Anderson’s term begins on January 1, 2021.

The following executives will serve on the AGA Board of Directors in 2021:

Kurt Adams President & CEO, Summit Utilities, Inc. (Portland, ME)
Kevin Akers President & CEO, Atmos Energy Corp. (Dallas, TX)
William J. Akley President, Gas Operations, Eversource Energy (Berlin, CT)
Frank Almaraz Chief Administrative & Business Development Officer, CPS Energy (San Antonio, TX)
David H. Anderson President & CEO, NW Natural (Portland, OR)
Arun Banskota President & CEO, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (Oakville, ON)
David P. Bauer President & CEO, National Fuel Gas Co. (Williamsville, NY)
Robert F. Beard President & CEO, UGI Utilities, Inc. (Reading, PA)
Lonnie E. Bellar COO, LG&E-KU, PPL Companies (Louisville, KY)
Timothy P. Cawley President, Consolidated Edison, Inc. (New York, NY)
David M. Daly President & COO, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (Newark, NJ)
Scott E. Doyle EVP, Natural Gas Distribution, CenterPoint energy Inc. (Houston, TX)
Scott D. Drury CEO, Southern California Gas Co. (Los Angeles, CA)
Linden Evans President & CEO, Black Hills Corp. (Rapid City, SD)
Robert Frenzel President & COO, Xcel Energy Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Kimberly S. Greene Chair, President & CEO, Southern Company Gas (Atlanta, GA)
Joseph Hamrock President & CEO, NiSource Inc. (Columbus, OH)
Karen A. Harbert President & CEO, American Gas Association (Washington, D.C.)
Jeffrey Harrison President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group (Indianapolis, IN)
John P. Hester President & CEO, Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV)
Jeffry M. Householder President & CEO, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. (Dover, DE)
Michael Huwar President, Peoples, An Essential Utilities Co. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Michael Innocenzo President & CEO, PECO, An Exelon Co. (Philadelphia, PA)
Blue Jenkins President, Washington Gas (Washington, D.C.)
Mary Kipp President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy (Seattle, WA)
Nicole A. Kivisto President & CEO, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (Bismarck, ND)
Sue Kristjansson President & CEO, Oak Ridge Utility District (Oak Ridge, TN)
James P. Laurito EVP, Business Development, Fortis Inc. (St. Johns, NL)
Diane Leopold EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Dominion Energy (Richmond, VA)
Richard J. Mark Chairman & President, Ameren Illinois (Collinsville, IL)
Charles Matthews President & CEO, WEC Energy Group €“ Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas (Chicago, IL)
Paul W. Nester President & CEO, RGC Resources, Inc. (Roanoke, VA)
Jerry Norcia President & CEO, DTE Energy (Detroit, MI)
Pierce H. Norton II President & CEO, ONE Gas, Inc. (Tulsa, OK)
Patricia K. Poppe President & CEO, CMS Energy Corp. (Jackson, MI)
Robert C. Rowe President & CEO, NorthWestern Energy (Sioux Falls, SD)
Suzanne Sitherwood President & CEO, Spire Inc. (St. Louis, MO)
T.J. Szelistowski President Peoples Gas System, TECO Energy (Tampa, FL)
Ross W. Turrini SVP, US Gas Engineering and Process, National Grid (Melville, NY)
Dennis P. Vermillion President & CEO, Avista Corp. (Spokane, WA)
Charles S. Warrington Executive Director, Clearwater Gas System (Clearwater, FL)
Sasha Weintraub SVP, Natural Gas Business, Duke Energy Corp. (Charlotte, NC)
Stephen Westhoven President & CEO, New Jersey Resources (Wall, NJ)
Craig E. White President & CEO, Philadelphia Gas Works (Philadelphia, PA)
Adam L. Wright President & CEO, MidAmerican Energy Co. (Des Moines, IA)

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