Pittsburgh, Pa. – After nearly four years of leading the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), CEO Kathryn Klaber, along with the organization’s executive board, are pleased to announce their efforts to begin a nationwide search to identify the organization’s next leader. Klaber, selected to lead the newly formed organization at its inception in late 2009, will play a key role in this important transition for the MSC.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside so many incredibly talented professionals from across the industry, as well as a truly dedicated staff, to realize energy production milestones and new opportunities for prosperity in our state, region and the nation,” said MSC CEO Kathryn Klaber. “Pennsylvania is now producing nearly 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. Our industry’s work has been described as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘game-changing’. The work of the MSC, collaborating with public officials, has helped create the climate for growth of an industry that has delivered on its promises to create American jobs, increase our energy security, while holding safety and environmental performance as paramount.”
“Over the past several years, our industry has faced and collectively overcome a host of challenges. Katie’s results-oriented leadership and proven ability to identify and collaboratively tackle these challenges has brought incredible value to our industry. And for that, along with her tireless efforts in building our organization from the ground up, as well as for her friendship, we are deeply grateful,” said MSC Chair Dave Spigelmyer. “From working with both the Rendell and Corbett administrations to modernize and strengthen the Commonwealth’s regulatory framework, to building a topnotch community outreach and advocacy infrastructure, Katie’s vision has positioned the MSC well for the future. On behalf of the MSC’s 300 member companies, we thank Katie for her hard work and service to our industry. Katie will remain the leader of the MSC through our search, though we will certainly continue to seek her counsel beyond that time.”
In her final months with the organization, the MSC has asked its CEO to further engage MSC member companies and their employees on key policy issues for the industry, to evaluate the need for public outreach and education in the northeastern states without shale development, to advise on key benchmarks to complement the MSC’s robust Recommended Practices, and to continue to serve as a recognized industry leader and spokesperson. Ms. Klaber will be representing the MSC in key forums in Australia and London in the coming months as well as hosting the MSC’s third annual Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia on September 25-26.
Added Klaber: “Over the next several months, and beyond, I am certain that the MSC will remain at the leading edge of the issues and opportunities associated with natural gas. I want to thank our entire membership, our current officers, Dave Spigelmyer, Randy Albert, Scott Roy and John Mollenkopf, our first board chair, Ray Walker, our board of directors, and our staff for their purposeful dedication to ensuring that we can be proud of the legacy we helped create for generations of Pennsylvanians.”