Charles Matthews

by Edward Cates
Charles Matthews
President & Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
WEC Energy Group

Charles Matthews is President and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas for WEC Energy Group. In this role, he oversees the daily operations, strategy, growth and administrative activities of WEC Energy Group’s two Illinois utilities that collectively provide natural gas service to nearly one million customers in the city of Chicago and 54 communities within the northern suburbs.


Matthews possesses 30+ years of energy industry experience in operations, finance, marketing, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to taking the helm at Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, he spent nine years in executive and leadership positions at We Energies and served as Senior Vice President of Wholesale Energy and Fuels and Customer Solutions.


Matthews is a member of the Board of Directors of Navy Pier, World Business Chicago, Chicago Urban League, Illinois Utility Business Diversity Council, Ounce of Prevention Fund and Talladega College.


Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Talladega College and a Master’s in Finance from Clark Atlanta University School of Business.

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