A leading African American lifestyle magazine named Richard J. Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois, as one of its 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Mark is featured in Savoy Magazine’s Spring 2014 issue along with a distinguished list of African American influencers and achievers impacting corporate America.
“I congratulate Richard on this outstanding and much-deserved recognition from Savoy Magazine,” said Thomas R. Voss, chairman and CEO of Ameren Corporation. “I believe being a good communicator is one of the characteristics that makes Richard a great leader. His innovative approach to management and problem solving has resulted in dramatic improvements in customer engagement, and execution of initiatives to help Ameren Illinois customers utilize energy more efficiently. Richard’s compassion for helping others in the community and valuing the voice of customers truly embodies our mission to power the quality of life.”
Mark is leading the utility’s five-year, $3.5 billion initiative to build a next generation energy delivery system in central and southern Illinois. Ameren Illinois’ complex delivery system includes – 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines, 45,400 miles of distribution lines, 18,000 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution mains and 12 underground natural gas storage fields.
Mark serves on a variety of boards and organizations including Enterprise Bank and Trust, Madison Mutual Insurance, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Police Foundation and the United Way of Greater St. Louis Charmaine Chapman Society as their Chair.
“I am humbled and grateful to be recognized by Savoy Magazine,” Mark said. “I am fortunate to work for a company and with fellow employees who value giving back to the community as much as I do. This recognition embodies the core business values we live by at Ameren: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Stewardship, Teamwork and Commitment to Excellence."
Savoy Magazine is a national publication covering the power, substance and style of African American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy is published quarterly and distributed via subscriptions and newsstands worldwide.
“The 2014 Top 100 issue features the highest caliber of executive leadership in America’s corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy Magazine. “Savoy is honored to feature such a powerful collection of inspirational leaders reaching new heights of achievement in business.”
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to power the quality of life. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles.