Suzanne Sitherwood of Spire Inc. Elected Chair of AGA Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) Board of Directors has elected Suzanne Sitherwood, President and CEO of Spire Inc. in St. Louis, MO to be Chair of the Board for 2023.

“America’s natural gas utilities have a proven track record of providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers. Through a pandemic at home and energy market disruption abroad, our industry continues to deliver essential energy to millions of Americans while reducing emissions and putting our nation on a path to a cleaner future,” said Sitherwood. “AGA and our industry will continue to lead our nation as we work to achieve our energy and environmental goals while innovating for the future. I look forward to leading this organization through these exciting times.”

Spire safely and reliably delivers affordable natural gas to more than 1.7 million customers in Missouri, Alabama and Mississippi. Under Sitherwood’s leadership, the company has quadrupled its market value and increased its enterprise value more than six-fold. It is now the fifth largest publicly traded natural gas company in the U.S.,

Sitherwood has chaired numerous civic groups and philanthropic efforts in the St. Louis region and currently serves as a member of the Chair’s Council of Greater St. Louis, Inc., chair of the AllianceSTL Advisory Board and is a former chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis board. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering technology from the Southern College of Technology in Marietta, Georgia (now Southern Polytechnic State University) and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University.

“Suzanne’s leadership at Spire has been both transformative and impressive,” said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert. “She has brought this valuable perspective to the AGA Board for many years and the industry has benefited enormously. In her role as Chair, Suzanne’s experience, substantive knowledge about the industry and strategic insight will be of incredible value to AGA and its members. I look forward to working with her in this role.”

AGA’s other board officers for 2023 will include: First Vice Chair Jerry Norcia, President and CEO, DTE Energy based in Detroit, MI and Second Vice Chair Scott Doyle, Executive Vice President of Utility Operations, CenterPoint Energy based in Houston, TX. Kimberly S. Greene, Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company Gas based in Atlanta, GA will become Immediate Past Chair on January 1, 2023 at the beginning of Sitherwood’s term.

The following executives will serve on the AGA Board of Directors in 2023:

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)

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 CEO, UGI Utilities, Inc. (Reading, PA)

Lonnie E. Bellar           COO, LG&E-KU, PPL Companies (Louisville, KY)

Kelcey A. Brown          President & CEO, MidAmerican Energy Co. (Des Moines, IA)

Timothy P. Cawley       Chairman, President & CEO, Consolidated Edison, Inc. (New York, NY)

Scott D. Drury              CEO, Southern California Gas Co. (Los Angeles, CA)

Linden Evans               President & CEO, Black Hills Corp. (Rapid City, SD)

Charles A. Freni, Jr.      President & CEO, Central Hudson Electric & Gas Corp. (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Robert Frenzel             President & CEO, Xcel Energy Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)

Rudy Garza                  President & CEO, CPS Energy (San Antonio, TX)

Karen S. Haller President & CEO, Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV)

Kim C. Hanemann        President & COO, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (Newark, NJ)

Jeffrey A. Harrison       President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group (Indianapolis, IN)

Andy Hesselbach          Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, WEC Energy (Chicago, IL)

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)

Diane Leopold             EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Dominion Energy (Richmond, VA)

Sid McAnnally             President & CEO, ONE Gas, Inc. (Tulsa, OK)

Thomas Meissner         Chairman, President & CEO, Unitil Corp. (Hampton, NH)
Melissa Orsen              President, SJI Utilities (Folsom, NJ)

Franklyn D. Reynolds   President, UIL Holdings, AVANGRID, Inc. (Orange, CT)

Garrick J. Rochow        President & CEO, CMS Energy Corp. (Jackson, MI)

Seth Shapiro                 President & CEO, Philadelphia Gas Works (Philadelphia, PA)

Ryan Shell                   President, New Mexico Gas Co. (Albuquerque, NM)

Leonard P. Singh          Chairman & President, Ameren Illinois (Collinsville, IL)

Dennis P. Vermillion     President & CEO, Avista Corp. (Spokane, WA)

Sasha Weintraub          Sr. Vice President, Natural Gas Business, Duke Energy Corp. (Charlotte, NC)

Stephen Westhoven      President & CEO, New Jersey Resources (Wall, NJ)

Adam L. Wright           Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Gas

and Electric Co. (San Ramon, CA)

Rudolph L. Wynter, Jr. New York President, National Grid (Brooklyn, NY)

Lloyd Yates                 President & CEO, NiSource Inc. (Columbus, OH)

The following executives are serving as non-voting Advisory Directors in 2023:

Brian Bird                    President & COO, NorthWestern Energy (Sioux Falls, SD)

Stanley Chapman, III    President, U.S. & México Natural Gas Pipelines, TC Energy (Houston, TX)
John Larsen                 Chairman & CEO, Alliant Energy Corp. (Madison, WI)

Paul W. Nester             President & CEO, RGC Resources, Inc. (Roanoke, VA)

D. Jason Sharpe          President, ATCO Gas & Pipelines (Calgary, AB)

Chad J. Zamarin         Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Development, Williams (Houston, TX