July 2019, Vol. 246, No. 7


Kathleen Eisbrenner

Kathleen Eisbrenner, founder and chairman of the board of Houston-based LNG company NextDecade, died May 9. She was 58.

Eisbrenner founded NextDecade in 2010 and led the company to its listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market in July 2017. She served jointly as chairman and Chief Executive Officer until February 2018 and remained as NextDecade’s Chairman of the Board of Directors until her death.

One of the foremost female executives in the global LNG industry, Eisbrenner was formerly Executive Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell, where she was responsible for the management of the company’s global LNG portfolio and LNG trading business.

Prior to Shell, she was the founder and CEO of Excelerate Energy, focused on developing the Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) vessel and industry. She also held various senior management positions at El Paso Energy.

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