Charles Matthews is president of Illinois Operations for WEC Energy Group. In this role, Matthews serves as president and CEO of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. He also is a member of the board of directors for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, and for WEC Business Services LLC, the services company supporting WEC Energy Group.
As president and CEO of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, Matthews oversees the daily operations, strategy, growth and administrative activities of the two Illinois energy companies that collectively provide natural gas service to nearly 1 million customers in the city of Chicago and 54 communities within the northern suburbs, and employ approximately 2,000 Illinois residents. Matthews has served as president and CEO since July 2015, when WEC Energy Group acquired Integrys, which owned Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.
Prior to his current role, Matthews spent nine years in executive and leadership roles at We Energies, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group. Most recently, he oversaw the utilities’ Wholesale Energy and Fuels division. Prior to We Energies, Matthews was president and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Co. Limited, a subsidiary of Mirant Corp. He also held various senior roles at Southern Co. and Georgia Power.
Matthews earned a master’s degree in finance from Atlanta University School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. He also completed the executive program in utility finance at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Matthews is on the boards of Navy Pier, Chicago Urban League, Illinois Utility Business Diversity Council (IUBDC) and Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). He also is active with several organizations and nonprofits in Chicago, including Chicago United, Commercial Club of Chicago and its Civic Committee, World Business Chicago, and Business Leadership Council.
Matthews previously served as a director on the boards of United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Next Door Foundation, Black Arts Think Tank (BATT), Three Harbors Council of Boy Scouts of America, and American Coal Council, where he also served as board chair.
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