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.
Douglas I. Bonawitz is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. He was elected to this position in 2019. He is responsible for the administration and supervision of all financial functions including accounting, taxes, risk management and treasury management.
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.
Gunnar J. Gode is Vice President and Controller of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. He was elected into this position in 2019. Mr. Gode is responsible for overseeing the companies’ financial statement preparation, accounting control processes and tax compliance.
Mr. Gode joined Washington Gas in July of 2004. From 2016-2019 he served as the Assistant Controller of Washington Gas. Prior to this, Mr. Gode has held several distinct leadership roles within the Finance Organization, including the Accounting, Financial Planning and Treasury functions.
Prior to joining Washington Gas, Mr. Gode was a consultant providing creditor advisory services with FTI Consulting. He also previously worked at PWC and Grant Thornton, specializing in their technology and regulated utility practices, respectively.
Mr. Gode is a CPA and has served as chair of the AGA Accounting Principles Committee. Mr. Gode received his Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from Cornell University and his Masters of Business Administration from Babson College.
Mr. Gode lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children.
Luanne Gutermuth is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. Prior to this position, she had been Senior Vice President, Shared Services and Chief Human Resource Officer for WGL and Washington Gas. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Human Resources & Organization Development for Washington Gas. Ms. Gutermuth leads key corporate functions across WGL, including Rates & Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology, Procurement, Public Policy, Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and the Business Transformation Office. She is responsible for developing and implementing a human capital strategy that supports the company’s overall business objectives.
Ms. Gutermuth joined Washington Gas in 1998, and since then has held leadership positions in several functions across the company, including business planning, organization development, business process improvement and customer service. Prior to joining Washington Gas, Ms. Gutermuth gained broad leadership experience in a number of industries, including health care and energy.
Ms. Gutermuth received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. She also completed the Organization Development certificate program at Georgetown University.
Ms. Gutermuth is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors for INROADS, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Southern Gas Association Executive Council and is a founding member of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle. She also is affiliated with the American Gas Association and LEAD VIRGINIA. An active member of the community, she participates in Washington Gas’ community service activities and has served in volunteer leadership positions in local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Gutermuth lives with her husband and three children in Annandale, Virginia.
Karen M. Hardwick is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company. She is responsible for managing and directing the company’s legal strategy and supervising the attorney staff and the corporate secretary.
Ms. Hardwick brings to her current position 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She began her career at Hogan & Hartson LLP (Now Hogan Lovells LLP). During her 18 years with the firm, Ms. Hardwick rose to equity partner and managed commercial litigation and complex investigations for technology companies, regulated utilities, commercial real estate developers, and insurers.
Prior to joining WGL in October 2018, Ms. Hardwick served as General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where as a member of the president’s cabinet she helped lead the ongoing transformation of the university, rebuilt the legal operations to enhance service delivery, managed the university’s corporate governance, and directed outside counsel in high stakes litigation.
Before her role at UDC, Ms. Hardwick served as general counsel to Annapolis, Maryland, a municipal corporation, and managed all of the city’s legal affairs, which involved complex litigation, debt issuances, design and construction of major capital projects, and corporate governance. Ms. Hardwick also worked as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, leading the legal negotiation of public and private real estate development projects near the Washington National’s Stadium and at the Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront.
Ms. Hardwick is active in the community through volunteerism and contributing her time and management skills to several non-profits. Since 2006, she has served as Vice President of the Washing Children’s Foundation, and served in leadership roles on the boards of organizations including the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Greater Washington.
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Hardwick is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Engineering, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. She and her husband reside in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.
John O’Brien is Executive Vice President Strategy & Public Affairs of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas. His primary responsibilities include oversight of enterprise strategy, corporate communications, government relations and regulatory affairs.
Mr. O’Brien has had various roles within the AltaGas organization since joining in 2015, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of AltaGas Services (U.S.) Inc. (ASUS). He is currently also Executive Vice President, Government and Regulatory for ASUS and AltaGas Utility Holdings (U.S.) Inc., both of which are subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd. Prior to this appointment, Mr. O’Brien was the President and Chief Operating Officer of ASUS from April 2016 to July 2018, overseeing its operational and business development activities. Prior to AltaGas, Mr. O’Brien held management positions in Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs within the energy industry, including most recently in the position of Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs with a large privately held energy company.
Mr. O’Brien holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985. Mr. O’Brien served as a Massachusetts State Senator from 1992 to 1998.
Dori Ramsey is Vice President of Human Resources for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. She is responsible for all Human Resources operations at WGL, including HR strategy, policies and compliance; compensation and benefits; labor relations; employee relations; talent acquisition, management and development; diversity and inclusion; and performance management. Ms. Ramsey also leads Washington Gas’ operations’ technical training and education technology functions.
Prior to being elected to this position in 2018, Ms. Ramsey served as assistant vice president and Chief Talent Officer at the company. She joined WGL in 2003 and has held positions of increasing leadership and responsibility in the Human Resources organization.
Before joining WGL, Ms. Ramsey served for 17 years with USAirways. Ms. Ramsey held a number of leadership positions with USAirways, most recently as Director of Corporate Education and Development.
Ms. Ramsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters of Business Administration degree from American University.
Ms. Ramsey has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Human Resources graduate program. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. She has served as Chair of the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Board, and as a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Veterans and Military Business Council. She currently serves as a member of the Greater Washington Partnership Skills/Talent Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade HR Committee, the Executive Council of the Center for Energy Workforce Development and the STEM Strategy Group of the Girl Scouts of America. Ms. Ramsey lives with her husband in Alexandria, Va.