National Fuel CEO Ron Tanski hands over to Dave Bauer

  • Push-out Score determined
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(exechange) — Williamsville, New York, April 3, 2019 — Ron Tanski, chief executive of National Fuel, hands over the reins. As announced by National Fuel Gas Co. in a news release on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Ronald J. (Ron) Tanski leaves his post as Chief Executive Officer at the natural gas distribution company after about six and a half years in the role, effective July 1, 2019.

Among the 3,000 largest publicly held companies incorporated in the U.S. based on market capitalization, the average tenure of the CEOs who departed over the past 12 months was 7.8 years, according to data compiled by exechange.

Ron Tanski’s duties will be taken over by David P. (Dave) Bauer, currently member of the executive team of National Fuel Gas Company.

“Culmination of many years of preparation”

Ron Tanski’s departure from the CEO post is explained as follows. Tanski said that “this shift in leadership is the culmination of many years of preparation.”

Precise information regarding Ron Tanski’s future plans was not immediately available.


National Fuel said: “Ronald J. Tanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company, has indicated his intention to retire, effective July 1, 2019, after more than 40 years of service.”

Share price increase since December 2015

The announcement follows an increase in National Fuel Gas Company’s share price of 60 percent since December 2015.

Chaired by David F. Smith

National Fuel Gas Company is chaired by David F. Smith.

Smith has been Chairman of the Board of the Company since March 2010 (from March 2013 through March 2014 he served as Executive Chairman of the Board). He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from February 2008 until March 2013; as President of the Company from February 2006 through June 2010; and as Chief Operating Officer of the Company from February 2006 to February 2008.

In the position of CEO since 2013

Tanski has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since March 2013.

Tanski served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from July 2010 to March 2013 and as Treasurer and Principal Financial Officer from April 2004 to July 2010.

Tanski was President of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation from July 2008 to July 2010 and President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation from February 2006 to July 2008.

He was previously Treasurer of those and other subsidiaries of the Company, and he also served in management roles at Seneca Resources Corporation (now Seneca Resources Company, LLC) and Horizon Energy Development, Inc. (sold in 2010).

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (“INGAA”) and was INGAA Chairman in 2015.

Tanski is a director of the American Gas Association and a member of the Council on Accountancy at Canisius College.

He also serves as Secretary on the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Museum of Science and as a member of the Executive Committee, and he is a director of Invest Buffalo Niagara.

He will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors.

Push-out Score determined

The Push-out Score™ determined by exechange gauges the likelihood that Ron Tanski was pushed out or felt pressure to leave the position.

exechange reached out to National Fuel and offered the company the opportunity to comment on the score.

Read the full story in the exechange report 14.2019 ($).