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Heinz Endowments chief to become Rice Energy chairman

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments is taking a position as chairman of a gas drilling company.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Tuesday that 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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