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Ameren Executive is First St. Louisan Selected to Attend Prestigious International Fellows Program

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation has announced the selection of Theresa Shaw of Ameren Corporation to participate in its prestigious 2014-2015 Fellows Program. Shaw, vice president of internal audit, will join 36 rising women leaders from 14 nations across the globe and is the first and only St. Louis-area executive to be selected as a fellow.

Theresa Shaw, vice president of internal audit at Ameren Corporation.

The pool of candidates for a position in the 2014-2015 Fellows Class was extremely competitive. In addition to leadership criteria, selections were made with the aim of achieving a diverse cohort with respect to profession, geographic range and background.

Spread across a year, the Fellows Program convenes participants from around the world for a total of 20 days. In partnership with Harvard Business School and INSEAD, The Business School for the World, the Leadership Foundation offers creative, multidisciplinary training aimed at developing leadership and strategic management capabilities. In addition to leadership training, Shaw will be matched with a Women's Forum member who serves as her mentor and coach during the program year, giving her a chance to garner personal insights and advice from women at the top of their fields.

"Theresa has the full support of Ameren to gain the most from her experience in this program for the benefit of our company and our customers," said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation. "I am confident she will bring what she learns to benefit Ameren and the broader St. Louis community and will be a true asset as an alumna of the Leadership Foundation Fellows Program."

Shaw, a certified public accountant, earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy with a minor in German from the University of MissouriColumbia, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Shaw, a resident of University City, Mo., is active in the local community, participating in the Junior League of St. Louis since 2002 and volunteering at St. Patrick's Center homeless shelter in St. Louis. She also participated in the Deloitte 100 Wise Women Program and Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. In addition, Shaw was among Diversity Journal's 2014 Women Worth Watching.

The Fellows Program is sponsored by the Leadership Foundation, a charitable and educational arm of the International Women's Forum (IWF), and is the leading women's executive development program in the world today. IWF Missouri was incorporated in 1988 and consists of approximately 75 women in current or former major leadership positions.

"The Fellows Program is an important executive development program for women," said Sue Stepleton, president of IWF Missouri. "We are thrilled to have a local participant benefitting from and adding to the new International Fellows Class."

Based in 33 countries, the IWF, which was founded in 1992 in the United States, counts more than 5,500 extraordinary women as members, who are at the top of their field and change agents within their sphere of influence. It advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement, facilitating the exchange of ideas and promoting better leadership for a changing world.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric delivery and transmission service as well as natural gas delivery service while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of 10,300 megawatts, and natural gas delivery service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops regional electric transmission projects. Follow the company on Twitter @AmerenCorp. For more information, visit Ameren.com.

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