Clark S. Gillespy State President – South Carolina
Clark Gillespy is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in South Carolina, serving approximately 720,000 electric retail customers in the state.
He is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and community affairs.
Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and 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 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. Working in partnership with economic development organizations in North and South Carolina, Clark and his team helped attract $18.7 billion in capital investments and more than 58,000 jobs to the Carolinas since 2005.
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 Public Utilities Review Committee’s Energy Advisory Council. He serves on the advisory board of New Carolina and the boards of directors for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council. He is a member of the boards of trustees for the S.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Peace Center. Clark also serves on the board of the American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas and is co-chair of the governing board of E4Carolinas. He is 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, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.