|Melvin D. Williams
Senior Vice President, Southern Company Gas and President, Nicor Gas
Melvin D. Williams is the senior vice president of Southern Company Gas and president of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas provider in Illinois, in May 2015. He is responsible for ensuring that natural gas is delivered safely to more than 2.2 million homes and businesses in more than 650 northern Illinois communities.
With Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources) for more than 25 years, Williams has a depth of operations, new business development and regulatory experience. He previously served as senior vice president of planning and business services, and also held the position of vice president and general manager for Atlanta Gas Light and Florida City Gas. In that role, Williams oversaw field operations in Port St. Lucie, Brevard and Hialeah, Fla., and much of the Atlanta Gas Light territory in Georgia outside of metro Atlanta.
Williams is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Southern Company Gas Foundation and is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He actively supports numerous community and youth organizations in both Georgia and Florida.
Williams received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Savannah State University in 1987.
|Richard J. Mark
Chairman and President, Ameren Illinois
Richard J. Mark is chairman and president of Ameren Illinois Company. He is responsible for electric and natural gas distribution to more than 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers across three-quarters of the state of Illinois. Ameren Illinois’ complex delivery system includes approximately 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines, 45,700 miles of distribution lines, 18,000 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution mains and 12 underground natural gas storage fields. Ameren Illinois is a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation which is ranked 373rd of the Fortune 500 companies.
Before his appointment as president, Mark was senior vice president of Ameren Missouri Customer Operations and was responsible for electric and gas distribution to more than 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri including the greater St. Louis area. Mark also oversaw Customer Services Operations, Community Relations, Communications, Customer Satisfaction and Corporate Giving for Missouri’s largest utility.
Mark joined Ameren in 2002 as vice president of Customer Service. In 2003, he became vice president of Governmental Policy and Consumer Affairs. In just two short years, he rose to the position of senior vice president of Ameren Missouri Energy Delivery – becoming the first African American to hold this position. In 2009, Mark was promoted to senior vice president of Customer Operations – a position that encompasses Ameren Missouri’s Energy Delivery but was expanded to meet customers’ energy needs of the future.
To ensure a secure energy future for Ameren customers, Mark is leading a Strategic Customer Initiative focused on promoting energy efficiency, smart grid technologies and customer-based energy generation, or distributed generation. His team’s goals are to deploy advanced technologies, tools and services to enable customers to manage their energy usage and costs while enhancing the electric grid.
Prior to joining Ameren, Mark spent six years as president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis and five years as chief operating officer. Mark also served 10 years as chairman of the East St. Louis District 189 Financial Oversight Panel.
Mark serves on a variety of boards and organizations including Enterprise Bank and Trust, Madison Mutual Insurance, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and the St. Louis Police Foundation. He has received three honorary doctorate degrees for his civic and community work, as well as numerous awards and honors; most recently Mark was recognized by Savoy magazine in its 2014 spring issue as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. In 2012, Black Enterprise magazine named him one of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in America. His other honors include the NAACP’s Inspiring St. Louisan Award of 2011, St. Louis Business Journal’s Ten Years of Influence of 2010, St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Energy Executive of 2010 and many more.
|Anne R. Pramaggiore
President and Chief Executive Officer, ComEd
Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois.
Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd’s lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.
In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd’s COO and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country.
Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.
Pramaggiore serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions,Inc., and several civic and community organizations.
She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
President, Illinois American Water
Bruce Hauk is president of Illinois American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. In this role, Mr. Hauk reinforces and strengthens customer, regulatory and local government relationships, drives operational and financial results and is the principal external contact for American Water in Illinois.
Mr. Hauk brings strong leadership and communication skills to Illinois American Water, as well as broad operations and business experience. Previously, Mr. Hauk served as the vice president of Financial Analysis & Decision Support for American Water. Prior to that, Mr. Hauk served as vice president of Operations for Indiana American Water, where he oversaw all operations within Indiana American Water’s service districts. His responsibilities included leading operations at all of Indiana American Water’s treatment and distribution facilities, as well as the company’s employees in Indiana.
Mr. Hauk previously worked for Indiana American Water from 1996 to 2002 as a supervisor at the Johnson County Operations and as a superintendent for the Noblesville district. He also served as director of public works, town manager and deputy mayor/chief administrative officer for the City of Westfield, Ind.
Mr. Hauk is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water Steering Committee serving as the National Association of Water Companies representative. He is also active in the American Water Works Association, Indiana Rural Water Association and Indiana Water Environmental Federation.
Mr. Hauk holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He also earned dual Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Life Sciences from Indiana State University. Additionally, Mr. Hauk holds Class II and A-SO Wastewater, DSL Water Distribution Operator, and WT3 Water Treatment Operator certifications.
President, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.
Charles Matthews is president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. As president, Matthews oversees the daily operational and administrative activities of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas – regulated natural gas utilities serving residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago and many of its northern suburbs. Peoples Gas has 1,300 employees and serves approximately 828,000 customers in the city of Chicago. North Shore Gas has 170 employees and serves approximately 160,000 customers in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Previously, Matthews served as senior vice president – wholesale energy and fuels, customer solutions for We Energies, the largest electric and natural gas utility in Wisconsin. Appointed to that position in January 2012, Matthews led the development and implementation of market resource strategies to minimize the net cost of serving the energy needs of We Energies customers.
In support of We Energies’ electric generation business, Matthews managed interactions with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), an integrated regional nonprofit entity that operates the bulk power transmission system and associated energy market. He also oversaw the annual purchase and delivery of more than 12 million tons of coal, 35 million dekatherms of natural gas and other related commodities for plant operations. In support of We Energies’ natural gas business, Matthews oversaw the purchase of an additional 120 million dekatherms of natural gas annually. Matthews also was responsible for developing generation expansion plans, long-term wholesale marketing activities, and maintaining relationships with the company’s largest commercial and industrial customers.
Matthews joined the company in 2006 as vice president – wholesale energy and fuels. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Jamaica Public Service Co. Limited, a subsidiary of Mirant Corp., since 2001. During his 30-plus year career in the energy and utility businesses, Matthews also has been associated with Exxon, Georgia Power Co. and Southern Co. At Exxon, he managed and negotiated service contracts for production operations in the Gulf of Mexico. At Georgia Power, he held a variety of positions in regulatory affairs and finance. At Southern Co., he was director – contract administration and financial services, and also served in external affairs and wholesale energy.
Matthews earned a master’s degree in finance from Atlanta University School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. He also completed the executive program in utility finance at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Matthews previously served as a director on the boards of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee; the Next Door Foundation; Black Arts Think Tank (BATT); Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America; and the American Coal Council, where he also served as board chair.