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ANGA CEO Hopper Pressured to Resign

Regina Hopper, president and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), one of the top lobbying groups for natural gas in Washington, DC, resigned effective Feb. 28 under pressure from the board.

"The ANGA board was extremely disappointed with her performance," a knowledgeable source told NGI. He said several senior staff at ANGA have recently jumped ship.

Hopper has been at the helm of ANGA, which represents leading oil and natural gas producers, since 2009. The group has marketing-advocacy operations in 18 states, Washington, DC, and Canada.

In 2009 some of the largest independent producers in the United States -- including Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp. and Newfield Exploration Co. -- formed ANGA with a "singular mission" -- to increase the public's "awareness and appreciation" of the abundant domestic gas supplies (see Daily GPI, Feb. 26, 2009).

ANGA Chairman and Apache CEO G. Steven Farris Thursday commended her performance. "She has led ANGA's growth from its infancy into its becoming an important voice in the discussion around fuel diversity and economic growth for our nation. We are grateful for her service, for the strong organization she leaves behind, and we wish her much success in her future endeavors." He said ANGA will immediately search for her successor.

In her defense, Hopper said, "I was hired to build an effective and powerful advocacy organization with strong fiscal management. By all accounts we have achieved these important objectives."

Hopper will return to her roots in litigation communications. Prior to joining ANGA, she held senior positions at USTelecom and the American Trucking Associations.

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