Mark C. Darrell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Spire Inc. He is responsible for advising Spire’s Board of Directors and senior management on legal matters facing Spire and its principal subsidiaries and supervises the legal affairs of Spire companies. The corporate secretary, internal auditing, corporate security functions of Spire report directly to him.
Prior to joining Spire (formerly The Laclede Group, Inc.) in May 2004, Mr. Darrell was Assistant General Counsel for NiSource, Inc., where he supervised the legal representation and support for NiSource’s supply chain function, the sales and marketing departments of NiSource’s 11 natural gas and electric local distribution companies, and its environmental, health and safety department and pipeline safety function. He joined Columbia Energy Group (before being acquired by NiSource) in October 1997 as General Counsel, Assistant Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Columbia Energy Group’s Virginia gas distribution company, Columbia Gas of Virginia. After NiSource acquired the Columbia Energy Group in November 2000, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Gas of Virginia for the year following the acquisition.
He was with New Jersey Resources Corporation from 1992-97, last serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. Mr. Darrell was in private law practice in Washington, D.C. from 1987-92, primarily representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the District of Columbia Public Service Commission. From 1984 87, he was a staff lawyer for the American Gas Association and, from 1982-84, he was a staff lawyer for the United States Department of Energy Office of Hearings & Appeals.
Mr. Darrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University (1979) and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1982). He is a former Chair of the American Gas Association’s Legal Committee, Budget Officer and Vice Chair of the Gas and Corporate Governance Committees of the American Bar Association’s Section on Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and serves on the advisory boards of the Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C and the Financial Research Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He also serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital Saint Louis, United Way of Greater Saint Louis, Grace Hill Settlement House and Easter Seals Midwest.