Heinz Endowments president to join drilling firm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The president of the Heinz Endowments is taking a job as chairman of a gas drilling company.

Robert Vagt will become chairman of Rice Energy, Inc., which is based in Canonsburg. Vagt's last day at the Endowments is Jan. 24. He has led the charity, which is not a part of the global food company, since 2008.

Vagt played a key role in the formation last year of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a coalition of foundations, environmental groups and natural gas drillers. But other leading environmental groups criticized the effort.

Endowments spokeswoman Carmen Lee says a search is underway for a new president but there's no timetable.

Teresa Heinz Kerry is the head of the Heinz Endowments.

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Robert Vagt: Image source: heinz.org