Catherine Heigel, the former director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, has returned to Elliott Davis, LLC as its chief operating officer.
In this role, Ms. Heigel manages the firm’s operational support functions, including legal, information technology, human resource, marketing and communications, and firm administration. In addition, Ms. Heigel is charged with leading strategy and innovation efforts for the firm to promote the efficient operation and strategic growth of Elliott Davis’s capabilities.
“We are honored and excited to have Catherine back with Elliott Davis,” said Rick Davis, the chief executive officer of Elliott Davis. “Her experience, her knowledge, and her integrity make her a valuable asset to us, our partners, and the communities we serve.”
Ms. Heigel earned her bachelor’s degree with Honors from the University of South Carolina and her law degree from The Ohio State University. She serves on the USC Honors College Partnership Board, the Anderson University Board of Regents, and the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Finance Committee. She is a past trustee of The Nature Conservancy -- SC Chapter and the ETV Endowment Board. In addition, she is a graduate of The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program and Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity.
Ms. Heigel spent 11 years with the Duke Energy Corporation, serving in various capacities including two years as president of the company’s South Carolina operations. Ms. Heigel then served as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary to American Transmission Company, an electric transmission utility based in Wisconsin.
In 2013, Ms. Heigel joined Elliott Davis as general counsel and corporate strategies officer. She left Elliott Davis in June 2015 for a period of public service when Governor Nikki Haley named Ms. Heigel director of DHEC, which is one of the state’s largest agencies with 3,400 employees and an annual budget of more than $600 million.
“As Elliott Davis readies itself for its second century in business, I am excited to be part of building the firm’s future,” Ms. Heigel said.