Gerard to step down after 10 years as API president

American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard reported that he will step down in August after 10 years when his contract expires and not make another long-term commitment to the nation’s largest oil and gas trade association. Until that time, he will continue as API’s president and assist in the search for his successor, he said.

American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard reported that he will step down in August after 10 years when his contract expires and not make another long-term commitment to the nation’s largest oil and gas trade association. Until that time, he will continue as API’s president and assist in the search for his successor, he said.

“Serving the oil and gas industry during this historic time, when an American energy renaissance has made the US the world's leading producer and refiner of oil and gas, has been among the most fulfilling professional experiences of my career,” he said.

“We have accomplished what few would have imagined: important public policy victories at all levels of government, and a revitalized association that has expanded globally and added significant strength to its advocacy capabilities,” Gerard said.

API said that since Gerard took the helm in 2008, its membership has grown by almost 50% and it has added members from every sector of the industry.

The organization said that it tripled its growth in global markets where it promotes safety through standard setting and best practices, and its public policy influence improved at the local, state, and federal levels as Gerard built a grassroots network of 45 million voters in every congressional district who communicate with their elected officials on energy issues.

Gerard joined API after being president of the National Mining Association and the American Chemistry Council. He worked earlier for almost a decade in the US Senate and House.

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