David Anderson, NW Natural, to Lead as AGA Chair

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.  

“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. 

Visit the AGA website for the full list of the 2021 AGA Board of Directors. 

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