MR. PATRICK HUGHES – Vice President, Corporate Strategy, External Affairs, and Investor Relations
Patrick Hughes is the Vice President, Corporate Strategy, External Affairs, and Investor Relations of NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT), a liquefied natural gas company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in the State of Texas. NextDecade intends to develop a portfolio of LNG projects, including the 27 mtpa Rio Grande LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the 4.5 Bcf/d Rio Bravo Pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Agua Dulce supply area to Rio Grande LNG.
In his role, Hughes is responsible for corporate strategy and business development activities including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. In addition, Hughes oversees Investor Relations and External Affairs for NextDecade.
Prior to joining NextDecade, Hughes was a Partner in the Investment Banking and Advisory (IBA) group at Height Securities, a Washington, D.C.-based broker-dealer. During his tenure at Height, Hughes focused exclusively on the energy and industrials sectors and he and his team were widely recognized as leading financial advisors in the global LNG marketplace. While at Height, Hughes was an energy research analyst from January 2009 until March 2015, during which time he developed a significant LNG practice and, in that capacity, detailed knowledge and expertise across the competitive landscape of U.S. LNG projects. He led Height’s IBA group from April 2015 to September 2017.
Hughes was previously a senior associate in the energy and natural resources equity research group at FBR Capital Markets. Before entering the financial services industry, Hughes facilitated projects in Middle Eastern countries for a Washington-based strategic communications contractor, and served as a case manager for a business intelligence and corporate security firm.
Hughes was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy and Mandarin Chinese from Georgetown University.