James Rogers most recently served as chairman of the board for Duke Energy, having been elected in January 2007. He also served as Duke Energy’s president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013. Rogers became president and CEO of Duke Energy following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and CEO.
Rogers is currently a director of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials Inc. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship magazine to its annual Directorship 100, recognizing the most influential people in corporate governance. Rogers has advocated investing in energy efficiency, modernizing the electric infrastructure, and pursuing advanced technologies to grow the economy and transition to a low-carbon future. He serves as vice chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He 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, a board member of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. He serves on the boards of directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the World Association of Nuclear Operators. Rogers also serves on the board of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon named him to a blue ribbon commission of business and NGO leaders known as the High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. Rogers attended Emory University and earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky.