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API Names Ryan Meyers Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2022 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today announced the promotion of Ryan Meyers to senior vice president and general counsel. 

“Since joining API, Ryan has become a trusted advisor to me and many others across the organization for his thoughtful, solutions-oriented approach,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. “Ryan’s broad experience in Washington and across government will serve API well as we navigate our current environment and the challenges ahead.”

“I’m honored to lead a team of talented individuals who work tirelessly to support this industry and advance American energy leadership,” Meyers said. “Looking to the future, I’m confident in this team’s ability to support this foundational association and its members.”  

Prior to API, Meyers served as vice president and deputy general counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has experience in all three branches of the federal government, including senior positions at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Commerce. Meyers earned his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School and began his legal career in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. 

API also announced today the promotion of John Wagner to vice present and deputy general counsel. John joined API’s legal department in 1990 from the law firm of Sims, Walker and Steinfeld, and he has been at the forefront of API’s most important local, state, and federal regulatory and litigation activities for more than three decades. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the George Washington University Law School.  

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our nearly 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.


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