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API Executive Vice President Marty Durbin to Depart in January


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WASHINGTON, December 18, 2018—Following nearly ten years representing the natural gas and oil industry at both the American Petroleum Institute and at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, API Executive Vice President Marty Durbin announced that he will depart the association on January 31, 2019. 

“It was a thrill to have worked with the natural gas and oil industry during a period of such incredible innovation—even the dual challenges of an economic recession followed by an industry downturn couldn’t dampen the U.S. shale energy revolution,” Durbin said. “Mike Sommers is a great talent and has taken the helm of a strong API team. I’m excited about where API is headed and glad I could play a role in this important leadership transition.”

“Marty has been an extraordinary leader for API during extraordinary times for our industry,” said API President and CEO Mike Sommers. “He has helped guide our association through challenges, expanded our industry’s reach, and heightened our effectiveness in Washington and across the country. We will miss Marty both as a friend and colleague, and we are confident he will bring the same level of commitment and success to his next endeavor.”  

“After nearly ten years, it is time for me to step away, catch my breath, and determine how I will pursue my passions in the policy and political world, but also with A Wider Circle, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to ending poverty.  I am blessed with so many close mentors, friends, and colleagues, and I’m excited to start my next chapter. My colleagues at API have been a daily inspiration to me with their professionalism, focus on solutions, and commitment to safe operations.  The industry is truly fortunate to have these women and men working on their behalf.”

Durbin returned to API after serving for nearly three years as President and CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), which combined with API in 2015. Prior to joining ANGA, Durbin served as API’s Executive Vice President of Government Affairs. Durbin also served as Vice President of Federal Relations at the American Chemistry Council, and in a variety of government affairs positions at the American Plastics Council. Earlier in his career, he served on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senator Alan J. Dixon (D-IL) and Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA). Durbin is Chairman of the Board for A Wider Circle organization.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.