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Energy independence: is it a reality that will transform the US economy?

Live from the EY Strategic Growth Forum

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Join a dynamic panel of specialists, live from the EY Strategic Growth Forum, as they discuss energy independence. The International Energy Agency predicts that the US will be energy independent by 2030.

With the abundance of shale oil and gas and new drilling techniques, developers are rushing to get new energy sources to market, affecting every sector of the US economy. But what are the challenges to reaching energy independence, and will it transform the US economy? Producers and corporate users of energy will discuss what this means for business and the economy at large.



Don Chappel

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Williams Companies, Inc.

Don Chappel is chief financial officer of Williams, one of the nation’s largest energy-infrastructure companies. The nearly $24 billion, publicly traded company develops and operates pipelines and processing plants that connect new and existing hydrocarbon-supply areas in North America with growing markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and globally cost-advantaged petrochemical feedstock. In 2013, for the seventh time in eight years, Institutional Investor magazine named Chappel to its top CFO list in the Energy/Natural Gas/MLP sector. Chappel also serves as chief financial officer for Williams Partners L.P. and as a member of the Access Midstream Partners board.

Charles D. Davidson

Chairman & CEO, Noble Energy

Charles D. "Chuck" Davidson is Noble Energy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas with operations in the United States as well as several other countries including Israel, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, China, Nicaragua and the Falkland Islands. Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1972) and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Texas in Dallas (1981). He is a member of numerous professional and industry trade organizations as well as several Houston community organizations.

Robert Nardelli

Founder, XLR-8, LLC, Investment & Advisory Company
Senior Advisor, Ernst & Young LLP

Robert Nardelli is the Founder of XLR-8, LLC, Investment & Advisory Company and is a senior advisor for Cerberus Capital Management, LP. Nardelli joined Cerberus Capital Management, LP as CEO of Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company, LLC in June 2009. Prior to joining Cerberus, he served as Chairman and CEO and as a member of the Board of Managers of Chrysler, LLC beginning in August 2007. From 2000 to 2007, Nardelli served as Chairman, President and CEO of The Home Depot. Nardelli began his career at GE in 1971 and advanced rapidly through a series of senior leadership positions.


Marcela Donadio

EY Americas Oil & Gas Sector Leader

Marcela Donadio, Americas Oil & Gas Sector Leader for the EY organization, directs industry initiatives. She has 37 years of public accounting experience, with a strong focus on domestic and international operations in all segments of the energy industry. Ms. Donadio has in-depth knowledge relevant to the issues that global energy companies face. She has served energy companies in an advisory and accounting capacity and as a member of the EY organization’s Global Oil & Gas Leadership Committee, which helps direct its strategy for the energy industry.