As senior vice president of economic development, Clark Gillespy serves as the chief economic development officer for Duke Energy. He leads an enterprisewide economic development team responsible for identifying and attracting new and expanding industries to Duke Energy’s seven- state service territory. In addition, Clark leads the company’s strategic efforts to identify and promote wider adoption of new and emerging grid-enabled technologies, including electrification of transportation and manufacturing processes.
Before assuming this newly created position in January 2017, Clark served as state president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in South Carolina, serving approximately 730,000 electric retail customers. He was responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy in South Carolina, advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives, and managing state and local regulatory and government relations, economic development and community affairs.
Clark joined the company in 2004 and has more than 25 years of combined experience in economic development, site selection consulting, and the practice of international law in both the United States and Europe.
Prior to Duke Energy’s merger with Progress Energy in July 2012, Clark served as vice president of economic development, business development and territorial strategies for Duke Energy in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Alabama. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Cumberland School of Law (Alabama), continuing with a diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies from the McGeorge School of Law in Salzburg, Austria. Clark also holds a MBA from European University in Brussels, Belgium.
Clark is a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association, the Palmetto Business Forum, and the Utility Economic Development Association. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Peace Center and serves on the advisory board for the Cumberland School of Law. He is also a member of the state bar associations of Alabama, Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Clark and his wife, Rikke, have two children and live in Greenville, S.C.
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 7.5 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
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