Ameren Illinois recently revealed that its chairman and president Richard Mark has earned the distinction of ranking among the top 100 minority business leaders in corporate America by the Financial Times’ EMpower report.
The “EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders” report included Mark in its 2017 global executive list for his outstanding advocacy, role modeling and championing of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
He has served as the power company’s chairman and president for five years, spearheading Ameren’s minority employee networking program, among other achievements.
Under Mark’s leadership, the firm has improved its infrastructure capabilities, reduced the frequency of area power outages and created hundreds of new jobs, the company says.
"I am humbled to be named among such a distinct group of global business professionals and honored to represent Ameren Illinois co-workers who share my passion for diversity," Mark said. "A more inclusive workplace creates more opportunities for our employees, suppliers and customers.”
EMpower, created by 10 large U.S. companies, supports greater black, Asian and minority ethnic inclusion at all levels of business. Its sister organization is OUTstanding, a professional membership organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) leaders and future leaders.
“The culture we have built at Ameren Illinois encourages diversity in thought and action, and it's a major reason why we're a successful, growing company," Mark said.