Karen Harbert named as American Gas Association next President and CEO

February 18, 2019. The American Gas Association (AGA) announced that Karen Alderman Harbert will be the new President and CEO following a substantive search and transition planning process by a Search Committee of AGA’s Board of Directors and a unanimous vote by the full Board. Harbert brings significant energy industry and policy expertise to this role from a variety of leadership roles in Washington, including her current role as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute where she leads efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education and advocacy.

   Harbert will take on the leadership role on April 1, 2019, succeeding Dave McCurdy who will retire on February 28, 2019.

   “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead AGA during this time of significant progress and change in the energy industry,” said Harbert. “AGA has seen tremendous success under Dave McCurdy’s leadership, and together with AGA's strong Board of Directors, we will continue our role as a leading voice for the natural gas industry, ensuring its strong position in the future of our nation’s energy portfolio. There is no doubt that America’s abundant natural gas supply has completely transformed our energy and economic security beyond what many thought possible, providing reliable, clean energy to millions every day. I look forward to focusing on our core mission of safely delivering natural gas to homes and businesses while addressing the changing needs of our customers.”