Ameren Corporation announced that effective May 1 Shawn Schukar, a 32-year veteran of the company, has been promoted to chairman and president of Ameren Transmission Company, a subsidiary dedicated to electric transmission infrastructure investment and expansion of Ameren's robust transmission system of more than 7,800 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines in Illinois and Missouri.
He succeeds Maureen Borkowski, who last year announced her retirement effective April 30, 2017.
"I am fortunate to have a strong leader of the caliber of Shawn able to immediately follow in the footsteps of Maureen Borkowski, one of the industry's top leaders in the transmission business," said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation. "Shawn is a respected and proven leader at Ameren and in our industry. His broad base of experience includes senior leadership positions in transmission, distribution, generation and energy trading operations, as well as corporate strategic planning. As Ameren looks to continue to make significant transmission investments in the communities we serve and in our region, Shawn's strong leadership skills and industry expertise will help Ameren continue to deliver superior long-term value to our customers and shareholders for many years to come."
Schukar, a native of Shobonier, Illinois, is currently Ameren's senior vice president of transmission operations, construction and project management. He has held many leadership positions at Ameren or its predecessor companies since joining the company in 1984, including senior vice president of utility operations for Illinois Power, senior vice president of Ameren Energy Resources Company, LLC and vice president of strategic initiatives.
Schukar has a master of business administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He is active in several community and non-profit organizations, including the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden and Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. He and his wife are residents of Collinsville, Illinois.
"Ameren Transmission has a great team focused on delivering value to our customers by strengthening the grid, improving reliability and providing access to renewable energy sources," Schukar said. "It's an honor to be entrusted with this great responsibility and to follow Maureen Borkowski, whose energy and vision have led Ameren Transmission and its expert team to success."