Hear Ameren CEO Richard Mark at McKendree University on Oct. 30

(LEBANON, Ill., October 10, 2017) — Richard Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois Company, will speak at McKendree University on Monday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in Room 222 of Piper Academic Center on campus. The university’s annual Wayne E. Lanter Lecture Series invites influential business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their insight and strategies for success. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Mark oversees electric and natural gas distribution to more than 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers across three-quarters of the state. According to its website, Ameren Illinois’ 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.

He leads 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.

He was previously senior vice president of Ameren Missouri customer operations, which serves more than 1.2 million customers. He joined Ameren in 2002 as vice president of customer service. In 2003, he became vice president of governmental policy and consumer affairs. In two 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, he was promoted to senior vice president of customer operations.

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. He also served 10 years as chairman of the East St. Louis District 189 Financial Oversight Panel.

He serves on a variety of boards and organizations including Enterprise Bank and Trust, Madison Mutual Insurance, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and the St. Louis Police Foundation. He has received three honorary doctorates for his civic and community work, as well as numerous awards and honors. In 2014 he was recognized by Savoy magazine as among 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.” Other honors include the NAACP’s Inspiring St. Louisan Award of 2011, St. Louis Business Journal’s Ten Years of Influence of 2010, and St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Energy Executive of 2010.