NGSA Names Execs; Still Missing a President
The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) shuffled its executive
organization Tuesday, yet its hunt for a new president continues.
The NGSA said it still does not have a timeline for an appointment
to the presidency post, but it hopes to get the job filled quickly.
Richard Sharples, president of Anadarko Energy Services Co., has
taken over as NGSA chairman. Sharples said despite the search for a
president, the NGSA will be moving ahead on several issues. A top
priority for the association, Sharples said, was to work with FERC on
the NOPR and NOI (See Daily GPI, Jan.6,
Another of Sharples' goals is to make the association more cost
effective. "Over the past few years, NGSA has been able to reduce
members' dues by approximately 35% and we will continue to look for
ways to be even more efficient. The association also has named a
committee of senior executives to conduct a search for a new
president of the organization and to review NGSA's organizational
structure to make sure that we are meeting our members' needs and
are providing value." Spokeswoman Linda Schoumacher said no dues or
budgetary cuts have been announced yet.
Daily GPI reported earlier this month Elizabeth Moler, former
deputy energy secretary and FERC chair, and Katherine Edwards, a
Washington attorney, headed a short list of candidates for NGSA's
presidency. Schoumacher declined to comment on the list, saying
"We'll announce a short list of one when we've found our
president." The association has gone without a president since
mid-February, when Nicholas Bush, was put on administrative leave
without pay due to an investigation and lawsuit accusing him of
misappropriating more than $2 million from the group since the late
Taking over as secretary and treasurer will be Terry Hudgens,
president of Texaco Natural Gas - North America. Hudgens has held
his position at Texaco since 1996 and has been responsible for all
aspects of the company's North American natural gas business.
J Larry Nichols, CEO of Devon Energy, was re-appointed vice
chairman of the association and Roberta Luxbacher, vice president
natural gas, Exxon Co., retained her post as chair of the NGSA's
Alternative Regulation Task Force.
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