Utah Petroleum Association Hires New President

Friday, September 21, 2018


Utah Petroleum Association Hires New President


SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Petroleum Association (UPA) today announced it has hired Rikki Hrenko-Browning, current CEO of Enefit American Oil, to serve as president effective January 2, 2019.

Hrenko-Browning today has overall responsibility for Enefit American Oil’s greenfield oil shale development project in eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin, including management of project planning, engineering, permitting, lobbying and public relations.

UPA Chairman Tyler Kruzich of Chevron said, “The UPA Executive Committee is pleased that Ms. Hrenko-Browning has accepted its offer to lead the association. Our team is committed to modernizing and improving UPA to add value for its members and help a growing Utah responsibly meet its energy needs while driving economic opportunity statewide.”

Hrenko-Browning said, “After many great years with EAO and its parent company in Estonia, I’m thrilled to begin a new chapter in my career as President of UPA. I’m looking forward to representing the oil and gas industry and raising awareness about the vital and dynamic role it plays in Utah’s and the Mountain West’s economy and quality of life.”

Prior to her current role, Hrenko-Browning was the International Project Director and an environmental policy expert for Enefit (Eesti Energia) in Estonia.

In 2014, Hrenko-Browning was selected as one of “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine. She has served as an officer, on the executive committee and as a board member for the Utah Mining Association. She is a previous board member of the National Oil Shale Association.

An Ohio native, Hrenko-Browning graduated with distinction from Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in public policy and management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in botany and environmental science.

She and her family now happily call Utah home and “enjoy all things outdoors in the beautiful mountains and, of course, the best snow on earth.”


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