Jim Rogers was chairman of Duke Energy’s board of directors and served as the company’s president and CEO from April 2006 until July 2013. Over the course of his 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility industry, Rogers delivered an average total shareholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth, stakeholder engagement and finding business solutions to environmental challenges.
He has served more than 50 cumulative years on the boards of directors of eight Fortune 500 companies. Rogers is also active with numerous nonprofit boards, including his current role as chair of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a nonprofit organization composed of the world’s leading electricity utilities. In addition, Rogers sits on the boards of the Asia Society, the Aspen Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the global board of directors of The Nature Conservancy.
Rogers was chairman of the Edison Electric Institute when it changed its position to support federal climate change legislation in 2007. He was also the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency and past co-chair of both the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy.
Recognized as an outspoken and accessible voice for business, Rogers earned the reputation as a “CEO Statesman.” In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.” He has testified more than 20 times before U.S. Congressional Committees, and addressed international forums including the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Under Rogers’ leadership, Duke Energy was recognized as a leader in sustainability – balancing the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profits. In 2010 and 2011, the company was named to the elite Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Duke Energy was also part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America in each of the seven years Rogers served as the company’s CEO.
He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, and lives in Charlotte, N.C.