Press Release

Kathryn Klaber Launches The Klaber Group, A Business Consultancy Firm

January 22, 2014

SEWICKLEY, PA.  Drawing on her deep environmental, energy and economic policy experience, Kathryn Z. Klaber has launched The Klaber Group, a business consultancy that provides a broad range of advisory offerings, including corporate benchmarking, economic analyses, strategic water planning, and other services that manage public- and investor-driven risks.

“The highly-complex operating climate for businesses all of sizes, cutting across a diverse set of industries both domestically and internationally, has never been more challenging to navigate.  Expanding regulations and other government actions call for new approaches to managing company value and resources.  Our firm is well-positioned to assist companies in overcoming these increasing challenges aimed at minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities in this dynamic period created by the transformation of our nation’s energy portfolio,” said Klaber.

Added Klaber: “The prospects for our firm are endless and I am thrilled to offer these business growth services to the market. Businesses must continuously make their case to policy-makers about the tremendous value they bring to employees, local economies, and society.”

The Klaber Group brings fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to its clients at the increasingly important nexus of the public and private sectors.  Shale development is transforming the energy profile of the United States, and impacting the world, with the Marcellus Shale playing a central role.  Klaber’s clients are leveraging her experience in the development of the Marcellus to create new business opportunities and educate audiences around the world.  Environmental considerations are integral to business decision-making and play an ever-increasing role in shaping brand perceptions about companies and entire industries. The Klaber Group works with its clients on their most strategic environmental challenges, resulting in the creation of new opportunities.

Ron Pettengill, a partner with The Klaber Group, said:  “I look forward to working with The Klaber Group clients to provide a clearer picture of their entire water management regimes. This will lead to lower operating costs, additional insight into potential operating risks, and overall improved performance in the eyes of all stakeholders. 

Added Pettengill: “Katie has recognized that water management in the current environment has moved from not just the tactical but to the strategic. Efficient water management, especially for shale producers, can help drive profitable results.. The necessity to manage water environments in different regions also comes with unique risks. Companies need a trusted advisor that can assist in navigating this risk.”

In addition to leading The Klaber Group, Ms. Klaber will serve in an advisory role at the law firm of Babst Calland, one of the most respected law firms in Pittsburgh and the mid-Atlantic region.

Said Chester R. Babst, III, with Babst Calland: “We’re pleased to have Katie as an advisor to our Energy and Natural Resource Group to help bring additional value to our energy clients. She is as knowledgeable as anyone when it comes to the subject of shale development as well as the industry’s environmental issues. We worked with Katie during her tenure as the head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and know well her commitment to this industry and the region.”

The Klaber Group will also collaborate with the global business consulting firm, Blue Water Growth.  Said David Iwinski, Jr., Managing Director of Blue Water Growth: “On behalf of the entire Blue Water team, we are very enthusiastic about our ongoing collaboration with Katie and her new firm.  She brings exceptional, career-long experience in air quality solutions and energy development to our organization that correspond precisely with the immediate investment interests of our global clients.” 

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About Kathryn Klaber:
Ms. Klaber most recently served as the Marcellus Shale Coalition's CEO, where she worked on behalf of the organization's 300 member companies with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance responsible shale development, and the enhancement of the region's economy and environment. Under her leadership, the MSC grew from a brand new entity aiming to help secure its members' license to operate, to the leading industry group across Appalachia which is now producing 18% of the nation's natural gas.

Prior to joining the MSC, Ms. Klaber served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League – roles that focused on sustainable prosperity for Pennsylvania. During the first decade of her career, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environmental Resources Management, first at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia, then in her native Pittsburgh.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, she earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship.

About The Klaber Group

The Klaber Group provides strategic services to businesses and other institutions as they capitalize on shale development in the United States and abroad, and as they manage the impacts of public sector actions across many industries. Founder Kathryn Klaber, with her Klaber Group colleagues, brings to her clients a wealth of experience in working with businesses on energy, economic and environmental issues at the confluence of the private and public sectors.