Lawyer & Author
Former CEO of Duke Energy
Jim was most recently CEO at Duke Energy and served as CEO for almost 25 years in the electric utility industry. Jim did a series of mergers and acquisitions culminating in the creation of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the US. He also owned and/or operated assets in 17 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central and Latin America. Prior to being in the power sector, in the 1980’s he operated one of the largest gas pipeline companies in the U.S.
He has served on the boards of eight Fortune 500 companies. He currently is a senior partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and is a visiting professor of the practice at Duke University. He also serves on the boards of Cigna, Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Invenergy, The Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, The Nature Conservancy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, among others. In 2015, he authored "Lighting The World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity To Everyone" in which he advocates for bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion rural poor through off-grid primarily renewable solutions. He is a co-founder of the Global Brightlight Foundation, which delivers solar-powered lanterns capable of charging cell phones to rural communities around the world. He is co-teaching a groundbreaking graduate seminar entitled: Renewables and the World’s Poor at Duke University. In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”