Kyle, David | 2007

  • Birth and Death Year | 1952 - Present
  • Induction Year | 2007
  • Profession | Business Executive
  • Oklahoma Connection | Kyle grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Hometown | Tulsa

Fun Fact

Kyle and Larry Brummett (Hall of Fame, 1999) were hired by ONG on the same day in 1974 and made a pact early on to work together instead of compete against one another. Both Kyle and Brummett rose through the ranks to the company’s top leadership position, and the two are credited with much of the success of the Fortune 500 Company.


“Quietly and without fanfare describes David’s leadership style on the numerous community organizations and projects in which he is involved, but his impact is tremendous!” - John A. Gaberino, Jr. and Ginny Creveling


David Kyle, a native of Wichita, Kansas, grew up in Oklahoma City where he graduated from John Marshall High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University, received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program. David Kyle joined the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, a division of ONEOK, in 1974 and became president and chief operating officer of the company in 1997. In August 2000, he was named chairman, president and CEO, and in January 2007, he became chairman of the board.

Active in civic, community, and industry affairs, Kyle has served as a director of the Bank of Oklahoma, N.A., the Oklahoma Business & Education Coalition, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the Oklahoma Heritage Association (now the Oklahoma Hall of Fame), the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Bank One, Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Junior Achievement of Greater Tulsa, and Tulsa Area United Way. He served as trustee of Tulsa Community Foundation, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the University of Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, the Hillcrest HealthCare System, and the former Children’s Medical Center. Kyle is a member of the National Petroleum Council and a past director of the American Gas Association and Southern Gas Association. He is past chair of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and past governor of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Kyle was recognized as a 2002-2003 Outstanding Business Alumnus by the University of Tulsa, College of Business Administration. In 2004, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Hall of Fame. Kyle was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame by the Tulsa Historical Society in October 2006.

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