Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) today announced that Matthew Godlewski has been named its new president. Godlewski will succeed Rich Kolodziej, who has served as NGVAmerica’s president since 1996 and has announced plans to retire. Godlewski will take position in mid-October.
Graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College with a bachelor’s degree in American Public Affairs, he has more than 20 years of experience building effective teams, developing and executing strategic plans and working to shape policy at all levels of government. Most recently, he served on the leadership team of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as Vice President of State Affairs. Prior to joining the Alliance, he worked in the wine and spirits industry, serving as Director of State and Federal Policy at Pernod Ricard USA.
Godlewski comes to NGVAmerica at a time when the use of abundant, clean, American natural gas is seeing exponential growth. “The road ahead for natural gas as a transportation fuel is full of opportunity,” he commented. “I am excited to join the industry during such a transformational period and look forward to serving NGVAmerica members as we work together to further accelerate its growth.”
“The NGV market is poised for rapid expansion, and NGVAmerica has a critical role in that growth,” said Ron Eickelman, chairman of NGVAmerica and president of Agility Fuel Systems. “Matt is an experienced trade association executive who has a proven ability to lead effective teams and collaborate with industry allies. He will help elevate NGVAmerica’s mission and brand in the months ahead.”