In 2001, Brauer took a leave of absence from Hunter to become ambassador to Belgium, serving in Brussels for two and one-half years, returning to the company in 2003. Brauer joined Hunter Engineering in 1971, became chief operating officer in 1978 and chief executive in 1980. Based in St. Louis, Hunter employs 1,200 people who design, manufacture and sell computer-based automotive service equipment worldwide.
"We are extremely pleased with Stephen Brauer's election. He brings to Ameren strong business and engineering acumen, excellent leadership skills, and a deep understanding of public policy issues from being actively involved both locally and internationally," said Ameren Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Gary L. Rainwater.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Brauer earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Westminster College, in Fulton, MO. He served three years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with a tour of duty in Vietnam, and he served as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army. Brauer is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Washington University in St. Louis and chairman of the School of Engineering National Council. He also serves on numerous charitable and civic boards, including the St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He is a past member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and former member of Missouri's 21st Judicial District Commission.
With assets of more than $18 billion, Ameren serves 2.4 million electric customers and one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square- mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
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