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Robert B. Catell

Member of the NYSERDA Board
Appointed 06/20/1991

Robert B. Catell
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Current Responsibilities

Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC)

Robert B. Catell is Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook

Work History

Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union. His career with Brooklyn Union started in 1958. He became Chairman, National Grid, U.S., following the acquisition, by National Grid, of KeySpan Corporation.

Mr. Catell was Former Chairman of U.S., National Grid

He was Former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation

Mr. Catell is Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd., and a member of the board of directors of KEYERA Energy Management Ltd.

He is the Co-Chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

Robert Catell is a member of the board of directors/trustees of the following industry and business organizations

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation (formerly Independence Community Foundation)
  • CAI Investments Advisory Board
  • Chase Regional Advisory Board
  • City College of New York 21st Century Foundation Board
  • Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies
  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Hudson Clean Energy Fund Advisory Board
  • Long Island Association (LIA)
  • National Grid Foundation
  • New York Academy of Science (NYAS)
  • New York City Police Foundation
  • New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Our Energy Policy Foundation
  • Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation

Mr. Catell is Chair of the Leadership Advisory Cabinet to the “Long Island Regional Planning Council” for the LI 2035 Regional Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Petroleum Council (NPC), National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas Lighting (SOGL).

He is a Vice-Chairman of the National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Committee and also a member of its Finance Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale and the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University

Mr. Catell is a past Chairman of the American Gas Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Association, Partnership for New York City, Inc., U.S. Energy Association (USEA), and the Advisory Board of the City College of New York’s School of Engineering

He serves as a Member Emeritus of the Brooklyn Law School, and, until recently, he was also a board member of: the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, Business Council of NYS, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Energy Association of NYS, Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum, and the advisory board of HeartShare for Human Services.


Mr. Catell received both is Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Last Updated: 02/19/2014