Executive Chairman of Smart Wires, Inc.
Retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Ameren Corporation
Thomas R. Voss was elected to the position of Chairman of Smart Wire in 2014 after retiring as Chairman, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, on July 1, 2014 – positions he held since May 2009. Voss served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ameren from 2004 to 2009. In December 2006, he was elected to the additional position of President and CEO of AmerenUE, Ameren’s Missouri operations.
Prior to this appointment, he held the title of Senior Vice President, Generation, and President, Ameren Energy and Ameren Energy Resources. In this position, he was responsible for generation, fuels and services and related trading and marketing operations.
Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for Energy Delivery/Customer Services. In this position, Voss was responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all gas and electric delivery systems and also for all customer care activities for Ameren’s operating utility companies.
Voss began his career with Union Electric (now doing business as Ameren Missouri) in 1969 as an engineer after earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science & Technology (MS&T). After serving four years as an U.S. Air Force officer, he returned to Union Electric as an engineer. From 1975-1987, he held a series of successively higher positions – moving from engineer to staff engineer, superintendent and district manager. In 1988, he became Manager of Distribution Operating. He was named Vice President, Region Operations for AmerenCIPS in July 1998.
Voss is also a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Public Utility Executive Program and the Westinghouse Advanced Power Systems School. In addition, he completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives – an intensive three-week program on nuclear technology offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Academy for Nuclear Training. Voss is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Illinois. In 2011 Voss was selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers for national recognition as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
Voss serves on several St. Louis area civic and arts organizations, including, Dance St. Louis (Chairman Emeritus), the MUNY, stl250 (Chairman), MS&T, and Grand Center. Voss has been a champion of safety and diversity both within and outside Ameren Corporation. A native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University High School, Voss and his wife of 44 years, Carol, have three children and four grandchildren.