NextDecade Mourns Death of Founder, Chairman Kathleen Eisbrenner

(P&GJ) Kathleen Eisbrenner, founder and chairman of the board of Houston-based LNG company NextDecade, died May 9. She was 58 years old. 


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.  

“Kathleen was a true energy industry pioneer. We at NextDecade are grateful for her foresight and leadership, without which we would not be where we are today, said NextDecade president and CEO Matthew K. Schatzman. 

Eisbrenner was an Independent Director of EXMAR and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, JERA’s Fuel Business Expert Advisory Board, and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. She was also a former member of the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy and the National Petroleum Council. Mrs. Eisbrenner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 1982. 

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