Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

James E. Rogers

Jim Rogers is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy. He was named chairman in January 2007, following the separation of Duke Energy’s natural gas businesses into a new publicly traded company, Spectra Energy.

Rogers has more than 18 years of experience as a chief executive officer in the electric utility industry. He was named president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy following the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006. Before the merger, Rogers served as Cinergy’s chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. He served as executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group before joining PSI. Before joining the Enron Corp., Rogers was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Before joining that firm, Rogers was deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Previously, Rogers served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC, as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky, and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he acted as intervener on behalf of state consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. He was a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader from 1967 to 1970.

In the course of his career, Rogers has served more than 40 cumulative years on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a director of Fifth Third Bancorp and Cigna Corporation. He has served as a director of Duke Realty Corporation, Cinergy Corporation, PSI Energy, Bankers Life Holding Corporation, Irkutskenergo AO (a Russian utility) and Indiana National Bank.

He is immediate past chairman and ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Edison Electric Institute. He serves as a member of the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and is a board member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Rogers also serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Business Roundtable, National Coal Council, American Gas Association, National Petroleum Council, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Rogers currently serves as co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He has testified 16 times on energy and environmental policies before congressional committees.

Rogers also serves on numerous civic boards and has published numerous articles on energy and environmental issues. He currently co-chairs an Arts & Science Council (ASC) initiative to enrich cultural resources in the Charlotte area.

Rogers attended Emory University and earned a bachelor of business administration and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. He was named to the Hall of Fame at the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Hall of Fame of the College of Law, both of the University of Kentucky.

Rogers has been honored with various awards and recognition: the 1996 Energy Daily Corporate Leadership Award; the 1998 Hebrew Union College Cincinnati Associates Tribute Honoree; the 2004 National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Distinguished Service Citation; the 2005 Keystone Center Leadership in Industry Award; the 2005 Ronald McDonald House Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2006 Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, Cincinnati Chapter. He also received an honorary doctor of law degree from Indiana State University and an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Queens University of Charlotte.

In 2007, Rogers was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a prestigious honor given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The medals recognize American citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Each year, the names of the award recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.

The Birmingham, Ala., native was born in 1947. Rogers and his wife, Mary Anne, have two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.