Full Name
Donald Brown
Job Title
Chief Innovation Officer
Speaker Bio
Donald Brown is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of NiSource Inc. In addition to focusing on innovation, he is responsible for enterprise business transformation, information technology, data and analytics, communications, supply chain management, accounts payable, corporate aviation, real estate, enterprise security, and the corporate foundation. He helps lead the company's transformation as NiSource continues to evolve and grow with the changing energy needs of customers and communities.

Previously, Brown was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NiSource, a role he assumed upon joining the company in 2015.

Brown has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the regulated utility and consulting industries. Prior to joining NiSource, he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for UGI Utilities, a division of UGI Corporation. He also held the roles of Controller for UGI Utilities and Director of Treasury Services for UGI Corporation. Earlier in his career, Brown worked for Constellation Energy, Progress Energy and Deloitte.

Brown serves on the board of directors of Allstate Corporation, one of the nation’s largest insurers. He serves as chair of the board of directors for KIPP Columbus, an open enrollment, public charter school serving nearly 2,000 students and is the Treasurer and member of the board of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, a private, non-profit development corporation with a mission to lead city-changing projects in the heart of Ohio's capital. Additionally, Brown is also a member of the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Brown lives in New Albany, Ohio, with his family.
Donald Brown