Florida Power & Light Co. President and CEO Eric Silagy has been appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors for a two-year term, the utility announced recently.
Silagy joins an influential group of 100 business leaders who champion the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions.
“I’m pleased and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside chamber and business leaders from across the country to advocate for pro-business legislation and advance issues that are critically important as we navigate today’s competitive landscape,” Silagy said. “Florida continues its strong economic rebound, attracting new good-paying jobs from around the country, and I look forward to engaging with my colleagues in sharing what has worked for us in ensuring a robust business climate here in the Sunshine State.”
Silagy has been with FPL and its parent company NextEra Energy Inc. for more than a decade. He has served as senior vice president of regulatory and state governmental affairs, chief development officer and vice president of business development, among other positions.
Before joining NextEra Energy, Silagy served as vice president of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures at Entergy Wholesale Operations and as vice president and managing director of Southeast Asia for The Wing Group, a subsidiary of Western Resources. He also worked for U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana in several capacities, including chief of staff.
“The chamber’s volunteer leadership plays a crucial role in helping to set our policy positions, to serve our members, and to advance our free enterprise mission,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Eric has deep experience in some of our top issue areas, like energy and regulations, and a proven track record of leadership. We welcome him to the chamber board and look forward to his contributions over the course of his service.”
Silagy is the immediate-past chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.