ACC's Gerard confirmed to head API

05 June 2008 20:14  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--American Chemistry Council (ACC) chief executive Jack Gerard will resign to become president of the American Petroleum Institute (API) upon the 1 November retirement of Red Cavaney, the organisations confirmed on Thursday.

As first reported by ICIS news earlier Thursday in a story by ICIS Chemical Business editor Joe Chang, Gerard is leaving the chemicals trade group after three years as its chief executive to head the principal US trade organization representing the oil and natural gas industries.

"After a decade of representing the interests of America's oil and natural gas industry, I have informed the API board of directors of my decision to retire," Cavaney said.

Cavaney, 65, has served as API president since 1997. He previously served as president and CEO of the American Plastics Council. He also worked as a senior staff member in the White House under former US presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

The API Board anticipates electing Gerard during its October meeting, said Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, who serves as API board chairman.

"It is never easy replacing a highly successful leader, but I would be honoured to be chosen by the API to serve as its president and CEO," Gerard said.

"I look forward to working with the API on delivering its mission of affecting public policy in support of a strong, viable oil and natural gas industry, Gerard continued. “It is essential to meeting the energy needs of the United States, and I support the API's goal of satisfying those demands in an environmentally responsible manner."

Gerard would go to API with a great deal of experience dealing with climate change proposals and federal regulations in general with the ACC, where he has been president since July 2005. Under Gerard, ACC has supported many of the same positions as the API before Congress.

Before taking the helm at ACC, Gerard was chief executive at the National Mining Association (NMA).  Earlier, he was a founding partner and chief executive of McClure, Gerard and Neuenschwander, Inc., a Washington, DC-based government relations consulting firm.

(Additional reporting by Joe Kamalick)

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