New Fuel for API
When Jack Gerard took over as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, he brought with him sweeping changes and downsizing. But the newly named head-to-be of the American Petroleum Institute said he doesnt expect a wholesale revamp of API, which is currently run by Red Cavaney.
[IMGCAP(1)]Well figure those details out when I get to sit down with key membership, said Gerard, who will join API in late summer. As you know, its a challenging time in the oil and gas business.
But, he added, Red Cavaney has done an exceptional job, and those will be tough shoes to fill. Well go over and see what we can do at API.
Gerard said that while it would be premature to predict what changes will be necessary, a major restructuring is not necessary. Theyve got good people, a well-run organization with first-class people. Really itll be a fine tuning, perhaps enhancing their advocacy.
Cavaney, whose organization denied that he was retiring even as Roll Call was reporting the change, was not available for comment. API put out a press release last week announcing the retirement, and a spokeswoman for the group declined any further comment.
An energy lobbyist familiar with API said the group conducted its search for Cavaneys replacement with cloak and dagger secrecy.
I do think they were looking for someone, the type of person that would come in and shake things up a little bit, this lobbyist said. A fresh face, a different perspective.
Gerard said that when he joined ACC, the group had an $8 million deficit. Now, the group has $11 million in reserve. This year, we will probably add another $10 million to that, he said. ACCs overall budget is $80 million a year, he said, adding that APIs is even higher.
K Street Moves. After nearly four years as the head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooneys federal lobbying operation, Democrat Ron Platt is moving to Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Platt joined Buchanan in 2004, when the firm reported just $400,000 in lobbying fees. Last year, he said, the firms total lobbying revenue hit $18.8 million with $7.6 million in lobbying disclosure act fees reported to the House and Senate.
Buchanans lobbying division also grew from three people to 15 in that time, he said.
I had a lot of help from the former COO of the firm, Platt said, referring to Buchanans former chief operating officer Fran Muracca, who recently left.
At Sonnenschein, Platt said, he intends to focus on lobbying and political intelligence, helping clients navigate the upcoming political changes after this years elections.
If you have investments in the United States, its certainly of interest to you to have the intelligence to know whats going on, Platt said. So, for example, you dont come blundering into a firestorm like Dubai Ports did.
In addition to Platts exit, Buchanan lobbyist Terry Haines, a Republican, left to become a senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting.
John Barbour, a Buchanan executive shareholder, said the firm plans to continue to grow the lobbying shop. Absolutely, he said. Were enthusiastic about it.
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