Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), announced that the board of directors has elected two new independent directors, Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland to the board of directors . Those elections are effective Dec. 1, 2023, and part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strong corporate governance and regular board refreshment of its board of directors.
Together, Sutherland and Dabbar bring leadership, industry (including nuclear), corporate governance, environmental, government, public policy and legal, as well as technology expertise to the board.
Robert M. Blue, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Energy, Inc. states “Vanessa is a proven, independent leader in her field with a wide breadth and depth of experience in the private and public sector and on boards of public corporations. The appointment of Vanessa is indicative of our long-standing commitment to continuously evaluate and enhance the board with independent individuals with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and skillsets. I am proud of Dominion Energy’s commitment to refresh its board.”
Sutherland is Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Houston-based Phillips 66, where she is a member of the executive leadership team. Prior to her role at Phillips 66, Sutherland was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Norfolk Southern Corporation. In addition, Sutherland brings substantial knowledge of the public sector, having served as Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and as Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. She also previously served in senior legal counsel roles for Altria Group, Inc. and Digex, Inc.
Sutherland’s corporate board experience includes previous service as a director of Southern Company Gas and Eastman Chemical Company. She serves on the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board in Norfolk, Va., and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and a J.D. and MBA from American University.
“I am excited to be joining Dominion Energy’s board at this point in the evolution of the business. The company’s ongoing review to best position itself for long-term value creation has set the groundwork for Paul and me to help further execute on the company’s strategic vision,” said Sutherland.