Steel, Manufacturing Executives to Lead Consumer Trade Group
HOUSTON -- January 28, 2014
Executives from two leading energy consumers have taken leadership positions
on Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) eight person board of directors, the
organization’s president David Holt announced today.
Nucor Corporation executive Jennifer Diggins will serve as chairwoman and
Wayne Zemke, a marketing executive with Caterpillar, Inc., will serve as vice
chairman. Diggins’ term follows two successful years for CEA under the
leadership of John Heimlich, a vice president and chief economist for Airlines
for America. Heimlich will continue to serve as a member of the board.
CEA is made up of over 240 member companies and over 400,000 citizens who
support boosting an “all of the above” energy policy.
Already focused on helping the organization to educate consumers about how
energy impacts almost every aspect of the U.S. economy, Diggins recently wrote
in The Denver Post that efforts to stifle shale gas development are “a wake-up
call for any American who values affordable energy, energy security and a
Diggins is a Director, Public Affairs for Nucor Corporation, overseeing the
state government relations program covering 22 states, and is responsible for
promoting the steel manufacturer’s energy and climate policy. She joined CEA’s
board in 2009.
“Jennifer is a leader,” said David Holt. “She has the vision needed to advance
sound policies that will boost new investment and economic activity. Energy
consumers, like Nucor and Caterpillar, are the kind of companies keeping the
U.S. economy afloat. Lawmakers need to put in place policies that will advance
– not detract – from the success of these companies.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead the Consumer Energy Alliance,”
said Diggins. “Along with the current board members, I look forward to helping
advance CEA’s mission of ensuring stable prices for consumers and improving
energy security and reliability.”
Prior to Nucor, Jennifer spent two years at the law firm of Moore and Van
Allen leading Nucor’s state government affairs work. Jennifer also spent 11
years in Washington D.C., five of those years as the Vice President of
Government Affairs for the American Iron and Steel Institute.Jennifer has
also worked on Capitol Hill and has held several positions in state
Consumer Energy Alliance board members, include: John Heimlich, Vice President
and Chief Economist for Airlines for America; Mark Pulliam, Treasurer,
Solution Partner with Sabre Airline Solutions; Dave Harbour, APR, Commissioner
Emeritus, National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, Publisher,
Northern Gas Pipelines; Troy Bredenkamp, General Manager, Nebraska Rural
Electric Association; Brett Vassey, President and CEO, Virginia Manufacturers
Association; and Wayne Zemke, Caterpillar, Incorporated.
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance brings together consumers, producers and
manufacturers to engage in a meaningful dialogue about America’s energy
future. Our mission is to help ensure stable prices for consumers and improve
energy security. We believe energy development impacts everyone, and thus it
is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the conversation about
the importance of energy to the economy and how we develop and diversify our
energy resources. CEA promotes athoughtful dialogue to help produce our
abundant energy supply, and balance our energy needs with our nation’s
environmental and conservation goals.
Consumer Energy Alliance
Kristin Marcell, 215-504-4272
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