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Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers Receives EEI’s ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’ for 25 Years of Service to the Electric Power Sector
​Colorado Springs, CO (September 11, 2013) — Jim Rogers, chairman of Duke Energy, today was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) Distinguished Leadership Award by his industry peers for his 25 years of service as an electric utility chief executive officer.

“It is our great privilege to present this award to Jim Rogers in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to our industry over the past two and a half decades,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Jim is a true visionary who is always focused on finding cutting-edge and creative solutions to the challenges we face. I have always admired Jim for his passion and enthusiasm for our industry and its future.”

The award, established to recognize outstanding individual achievement, was presented during EEI’s fall board of directors meeting. Rogers is the sixth industry CEO to receive the award.

Among his many accomplishments, Rogers helped forge the largest electric power holding company in the United States in 2012 with the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. Duke Energy supplies and delivers energy to approximately 7.2 million customers across the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida. Kuhn praised Rogers for shepherding Duke Energy through many transitions during his tenure, and for his many contributions that reach far beyond his company’s service territory.

“We are grateful to Jim for his service as past chairman of EEI and for his continued involvement in our organization,” Kuhn said. “His tireless efforts to bring together government, electric utility and environmental leaders to develop solutions for a sustainable energy future have been exemplary.” 

Rogers was elected chairman of Duke Energy in January 2007, a position he will hold until the end of the year. He served as the company’s president and CEO from April 2006 until stepping down from those roles on July 1. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006, Rogers served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, Rogers led PSI Energy as its chairman, president and CEO, beginning in 1988.

Rogers served as EEI chairman in 2006 and 2007 and is currently on EEI’s executive committee.

He was the founding chairman of IEE, an institute of the Edison Foundation that focuses on advancing the adoption of innovative and efficient technologies among electric utilities and their technology partners. Rogers is also the former co-chair and current board member of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency.

He serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institute, and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the course of his career, Rogers has served on the boards of directors of eight Fortune 500 companies, and is currently a director of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials, Inc.

Rogers received his Bachelor of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.
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