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API CEO names Frank Macchiarola as head of new policy department


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New Senior Management Team to Implement API’s Strategic Direction

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2019 – American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Mike Sommers today named Frank Macchiarola Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs. Macchiarola, a veteran Capitol Hill attorney and policy expert, will lead a newly aligned division at API that will integrate and bolster the organization’s advocacy, organizing regulatory affairs, economics, as well as the Upstream, Midstream, Downstream and Market Development departments under Frank’s leadership. The move follows a year of strengthening API’s talent and strategic direction as the organization marks its 100th anniversary. 

“Frank’s experience in government, private practice and energy trade associations uniquely positions him to play a critical strategic role as we address increasingly complex issues facing the industry,” said Sommers. “His policy expertise, strategy acumen, and dedication to our industry are not only qualities that are admired by all who know Frank, they will also be critical assets to API as Frank assumes this new role.”

“This is a great industry, and it is a privilege to be a part of it,” said Macchiarola. “I look forward to leading this group of dedicated, talented professionals as we continue to work with our member companies to advance meaningful public policy solutions.”

Macchiarola has led API’s efforts on fuels, refining, marketing and downstream safety, security and technology since 2016 as Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations. Prior to joining API, Frank served as Executive Vice President at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). He has held several senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate including Staff Director, Minority Staff Director, and Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Minority Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee. Macchiarola is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

API will also form a new management team to oversee API’s best-in-class advocacy, policy and global standards-based businesses. Along with Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Amanda Eversole, the new team will include Paul Afonso, Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Legal Officer; Megan Bloomgren, SVP of Communications; Bill Koetzle, SVP of Government Relations; Frank Macchiarola, SVP of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs; and Debra Phillips, SVP of Global Industry Services. API’s Statistics Department, which publishes the Weekly Statistical Bulletin and other oil and gas reports related to oil and gas production and safety, will move to the Global Industry Services Division under Phillips direction.

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, 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. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.