RICHMOND, VAP – Tom Farrell, who led Dominion Energy for more than a decade, was a major force in Virginia’s business policy, and died on Friday, a day after stepping down as the company’s chief executive. He was 66 years old.
A statement from Utility said Farrell, who served as the company’s president, president and CEO from 2007-2020, was battling cancer, which has taken a sudden turn in recent weeks.
“Tom was a reckless teacher, a strong leader who sought innovative solutions to Dominion Energy’s challenges in the utility industry in the community he called home,” said Robert M. Blue, who replaced Farrell as President of Council: “During his tenure at the company, Tom oversaw a period of prosperity, growth, and long-term transformation that would have a profound effect on the development of clean energy and the health of the environment.”
Farrell practiced law for more than 15 years before joining Dominion Energy in 1995 as Chief Advisor. For the next nine years, he served in several senior management positions at the company. In 2004, Farrell was appointed President-CEO, and in 2006, President-CEO. He was elected president in 2007, a position he held until Thursday.
The company said in a statement that Farrell had helped the utility acquire Consolidated natural gas in 2000. In recent years, Farrell has also focused on building solar energy facilities, working towards emissions with a commitment to zero emissions.
Dominion serves 7 million customers in 16 states և is a Fortune 500 company based in Richmond, Virginia.
In 2014, the company partnered with Duke Energy on the Atlantic Ocean Pipeline project, a 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline that runs through West Virginia and Virginia, North Carolina. The huge infrastructure project has provoked strong reactions from many landowners, activists, environmentalists, who said it would harm pristine landscapes and harm wildlife.
Dominion canceled the $ 8 billion project last July as legal battles erupted, construction was delayed and prices rose. Opponents questioned whether there was a sufficient need for the gas it carried, saying it would further encourage fossil fuel use as climate change makes renewable energy transition imperative.
Gov. Ralph Northham said Farrell sets the standard for community-based business leaders.
“She was most devoted to her faith, to her family, to her calm, quiet work that made Virginia better. “My thoughts are with Anna, Peter, Stewart, all those who loved her,” said Northam.
Senator Tim Kane said Farrell “had a huge impact on Richmond, our Commonwealth, his favorite UV rays,” referring to Farrell’s master’s degree at the University of Virginia, where he received his bachelor’s degree in law.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stone said Farrell’s leadership deserves respect in the city’s business and charities.
“It’s hard to think of an individual who has had more of an impact on the growth and success of our city in the 21st century than Tom Farrell,” Stone said.
Farrell served as President of Altria Group, Inc., Philip Morris USA Parent Company.
According to the Dominion news release, he was chairman of the board of trustees of the Williamsburg Colonial Foundation and was appointed a member of the University of Virginia Visitors’ Board. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
“We are heartbroken,” said Richard Cullen, former president of McGuireWoods and Farrell’s in-law. “This is an incredible loss for a famous person.”