Board of Directors
D. James Harbilas is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AltaGas Ltd., the indirect parent company of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company. In his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Harbilas is responsible for the overall financial strategy of AltaGas as well as its treasury, corporate development and capital market functions. Mr. Harbilas joined AltaGas from Enerflex Ltd., a Calgary-based, international natural gas services company, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for over 11 years. Prior to his leadership role at Enerflex Ltd., he also served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Fortis Alberta Inc., a regulated utility. Mr. Harbilas is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.
Mr. Crawford is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry. Prior to joining AltaGas, Mr. Crawford was Senior Vice President and President, Midstream and Commercial with EQT Corporation, a premier U.S. integrated gas company. In his role, he led the company’s ambitious growth strategy in the Marcellus natural gas play. He was also responsible for overseeing all of EQT's commercial, regulatory, operations and project development functions of EQT Marketing, EQT Gathering Inc., Equitrans Interstate Pipeline and Equitable Gas Company. In addition, he held progressively senior roles at EQT’s regulated gas utility, including serving as its President.
While at EQT Midstream Partners, Mr. Crawford implemented a nimble business structure and growth strategy that tripled the size of the company and increased its market cap from $700 million to more than $5 billion in just two years. With his long track record of success and ability to drive top-tier performance, coupled with his experience in the base businesses that form the foundation of AltaGas’ growth strategy, Mr. Crawford is well-positioned to lead the next chapter of growth for AltaGas.
Mr. Crawford previously served as a director for the American Gas Association, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He’s a director of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, a member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council, and a past West Virginia Wesleyan College Trustee.
Bringing more than 36 years of leadership experience in the energy industry, Mr. Chapman has driven operational success and sustained growth in a variety of management and executive roles at Washington Gas throughout his career with one of the nation’s premier energy companies. As President and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all functions and activities of the regulated natural gas utility such as operations, customer service, engineering, construction, field operations, safety, rates, gas acquisition, information technology and human resources.
Mr. Chapman will also serve in leadership roles with other AltaGas energy entities, including as Executive Vice President at ASUS, President and CEO of AUHUS, as well as President and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc.
Prior to being appointed to these executive positions, Mr. Chapman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas since October 1, 2009. Before his term as COO, he held a range of executive management roles and led several teams that contributed to the company’s development, including Vice President of Operations, Regulatory Affairs and Energy Acquisition, Manager of Interruptible Customer Sales, Manager of Economic Analysis, and Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Mr. Chapman is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Gas Association, is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association (AGA) and past chair of the AGA Rate and Strategic Issues Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Gas Technology Institute, Greater Washington Partnership, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Virginia Business Council, and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He is a past member of the Governor of Maryland’s Workforce Investment Board and past Chairman of the Board of LEAD Virginia, a statewide leadership program, and a graduate of the LEAD Virginia Class of 2006. Mr. Chapman is also the Goodwill of Greater Washington Board Chair and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his Master of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University.
Mr. Bonawitz brings more than 30 years of experience in financial leadership, strategic planning, and investor communications to his role. Mr. Bonawitz joined the Company in 2011 and has risen through the Company’s ranks, taking on progressively senior leadership roles over time. In 2017, he was appointed to the role of Vice President and Treasurer. Before his appointment as Vice President and Treasurer, he served as Associate Vice President for Treasury and Investor Relations for the Company, and he served as Division Head of Investor Relations and Financial Analysis prior to that role.
Before coming to WGL, Mr. Bonawitz served for 15 years with the Whirlpool Corporation in roles of increasing leadership responsibility in the company’s North American Finance operations. He began his career with the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Michigan State University and his Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Bonawitz is also a graduate of the 2018 class of Leadership Greater Washington.
Mr. Bonawitz resides with his wife in Washington, D.C.