E4 Carolinas Director Emeritus Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Duke Energy
Clark Gillespy is Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Duke Energy. He is in charge of Duke’s efforts to attract new industry and plant expansions to the six states in the company’s utility footprint. Clark is also responsible for promoting adoption of new technology on the grid that new and expanding businesses will find attractive.
Through 2016, Clark was president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in South Carolina, serving approximately 730,000 electric retail customers in the state. He was 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.
He 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.
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, the Utility Economic Development Association and the Public Utilities Review Committee’s Energy Advisory Council. 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.