Mark Kempic is leading phase two of the restoration effort in the Merrimack Valley and has responsibility for state operations in his role as Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. He brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry and has served in a broad range of functions at Columbia Gas, including operations, engineering, information technology, gas supply, corporate planning, legal and regulatory policy.
He is a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and was raised in a family of coal miners. Through a co-op program with Pennsylvania State University he started working part time at Columbia Gas in 1979 on the midnight shift in the company’s dispatch center (now known as the Customer Care Center). He took classes during the day, as he worked toward his associate’s degree in solar heating and cooling engineering.
His experience at Penn State sparked in him a love of continuous learning, and he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio.
Prior to assuming his role at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, he served as Chief Transformation Officer for NiSource, parent company of Columbia, and was part of the leadership team providing on the ground support during the first phase of the restoration effort. Before that, Mark served as President of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland.
“At his core, Mark truly cares about people. I know this passion will drive him to put to you and your community first,” said Pablo Vegas, chief restoration officer for phase one of the effort. “Mark immerses himself in his work and the communities where he lives, and I know he will work around the clock to ensure your needs continue to be met.”
Mark currently lives in Andover and will continue to work out of the Columbia Gas office in the Merrimack Valley.