Richmond, Virginia (AP) — Tom Farrell, a powerful business and political force in Virginia who has led Dominion Energy for over a decade, died on Friday, the day after he resigned as chairman of the company. He was 66 years old.
Farrell, who was chairman, president and chief executive officer of the company from 2007 to 2020, has been fighting a sudden change in cancer in recent weeks, according to a news release from the utility.
“Tom was an unrivaled mentor and an outstanding leader in seeking innovative solutions to Dominion Energy, utilities, and the challenges he called his hometown community,” said Robert M. Farrell’s successor chairman. .Blue says. “During his tenure at the company, Tom oversaw an era of prosperity and growth, as well as long-term changes that have a lasting impact on clean energy development and environmental health.”
Farrell had been in legal affairs for over 15 years before joining Dominion Energy as a legal advisor in 1995. For the next nine years he held several senior management positions in the company. Farrell was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. He was elected chairman in 2007 and held that position until Thursday.
The company said in a news release that Farrell led the power company’s acquisition of integrated natural gas in 2000. Farrell has also focused in recent years on the construction of solar and wind energy facilities and efforts towards emissions that promise net zero emissions.
Dominion is a Fortune 500 company based in Richmond, Virginia, serving 7 million customers in 16 states.
In 2014, the company partnered with Duke Energy to launch the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline designed to cross West Virginia and Virginia to reach North Carolina. I did. Large-scale infrastructure projects have garnered fierce opposition from many landowners, activists and advocates, saying they are damaging pristine landscapes and harming wildlife.
Dominion Canceled $ 8 billion project Construction was delayed and costs increased due to a court battle last July. Opponents questioned whether there was a sufficient need for the gas it carried and said it would further encourage the use of fossil fuels when climate change makes the transition to renewable energy essential.
Governor Ralph Northam said Farrell set the standard for business leaders to serve the community.
“He devoted himself to his faith and family above all, and his quiet and calm work made Virginia better. My thoughts were to Anne, Peter, Stuart, and anyone who loved him. There is, “Norsum said.
Senator Tim Kane said Farrell “had a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Virginia’s home school, Virginia University, and Farrell had a major impact on Richmond, our federation, and his beloved UVA. I gave it. “
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Farrell’s leadership in the city’s business and philanthropy deserves respect.
“It’s hard to think of an individual who has had a greater impact on the growth and success of our city in the 21st century than Tom Farrell,” Stoney said.
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According to Dominion’s news release, he chaired the board of directors of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and was appointed to the Visitors Committee of the University of Virginia. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
“We are heartbroken,” said Richard Karen, a former chairman of law firm McGuirewood and Farrell’s brother-in-law. “This is an incredible loss for a notable person.”