Duke Energy's Brett Carter named chief distribution officer; Paul Newton to
succeed Carter as company's president for North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 29, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Brett Carter, president of Duke
Energy North Carolina since 2008, has been named chief distribution officer
and senior vice president for the company's utility operations in six states.
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The company has named Paul R. Newton to succeed Carter as state president for
In his new role, Carter will have responsibility for the company's
distribution systems and operations in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio
and Kentucky, as the utilities continue working to modernize the electric
Duke Energy's utility subsidiaries own and operate more than 250,000 miles of
distribution lines, which are the power lines that directly serve the
company's 7.1 million retail customers. The company also owns and maintains
32,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in six states. Carter will
report to Keith Trent, executive vice president and chief operating
As state president for North Carolina, Newton will be responsible for
advancing the company's rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and
local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and
community affairs, as well as water strategy and services.
The company's two utilities in North Carolina, Duke Energy Carolinas and
Progress Energy Carolinas, together serve more than 3.2 million North Carolina
households and businesses.
Newton will be located in Raleigh and will report to Lloyd Yates, executive
vice president-Regulated Utilities.
"Brett has been an outstanding leader, state president and advocate for
customers, shareholders, our company and our communities in North Carolina,"
Trent said. "He'll use those same skills in his new role to advance our work
to maintain a reliable electric grid while modernizing the electricity systems
that serve our customers."
"Paul brings deep knowledge and experience, commitment and proven leadership
to build on our positive record," Yates said. "With these leaders in place, we
are well positioned to continue leveraging the benefits of the merged
companies for our customers and communities."
Carter has been with Duke Energy since 2005 in a number of executive roles in
customer service, business development and other functions. He came to Duke
Energy from Aquila in Kansas City, where he was responsible for customer
service and information technology. He is a graduate of Clarion University of
Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the
University of Pittsburgh.
Carter has been active in a number of community and professional activities.
He was named as a 2010 Charlotte Father of the Year by the National Father's
Day Council. Carter also received the Whitney M. Young Award from the Urban
League of Central Carolinas for outstanding dedication to philanthropy,
diversity and inclusion. He and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter and two
Newton is currently senior vice president and special advisor to Duke Energy
Chairman, President and CEO Jim Rogers. He began his career in private law
practice in New Mexico, and joined Duke Energy in 1990.
Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president of strategy,
rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics for Duke Energy. He also
served for more than 18 years as legal counsel for the company's utility
operations, in positions of increasing responsibility. His most recent legal
role was as general counsel of Duke Energy's franchised electric and gas
Newton is a native of Eden, N.C. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
business administration and a law degree from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. He also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program.
In 2008, he was named as a Charlotte-area Father of the Year by the National
Father's Day Council. He has been a strong supporter of the United Way of
Central Carolinas. He and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters and a son.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), the largest electric power company in the United
States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers
in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio
and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate
diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including
a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke
Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at:
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