James E. Rogers

Jim Rogers was the CEO & chairman of the board at Duke Energy until his recent retirement. As a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, Mr. Rogers conducted a groundbreaking graduate seminar entitled Renewables and the World’s Poor, focused on meeting the needs of 1.2 billion people who lack access to power.

During his 25 years as a CEO in the utility industry, Mr. Rogers engineered a series of acquisitions and mergers creating the largest electric utility in the US. Under Mr. Rogers’ leadership, Duke Energy was recognized as a leader in sustainability. It has been a part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the past nine years. In 2013, Mr. Rogers was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award. The Alliance to Save Energy honored Rogers with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Rogers has been recognized as an outspoken and accessible voice for business, earning 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.