Robert B. Catell – until March 31st the US Chairman of National Grid (1849) – has notified the Association of his retirement from the company after more than 50 years. This also means – “with regret” as Bob writes in an April letter to Association President Clinton W. Blume – that he tenders his resignation from The Hundred Year Association as well.
Mr. Catell rose through the ranks of National Grid, formerly Keyspan, formerly Brooklyn Union Gas, starting in a meter repair shop in Canarsie in 1958 and eventually becoming President and CEO in 1991 and Chairman and CEO in 1996.
Under Mr. Catell’s leadership, the company has always had a culture of giving back to the community. As a result, Bob was co-Chair of the Board of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Past Chairman of the Long Island Association. He is also an ex officio Director and Chairman Emeritus of The Partnership for New York City, Inc. And, of course, Bob was also a decades-long member of the Association’s Board of Governors.
In his letter, Mr. Catell said that he enjoyed his membership in “your fine organization and wish you much success as you continue your important work.” He finished “I’m proud to have been a part of your organization.”
Thank you, Mr. Catell, for your service and support! We wish you well in your next endeavors.