Leadership shift at Duke Energy puts Jamil at COO, Anderson Heading HR Efforts

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy announced a major leadership change earlier this month.

Dhiaa Jamil, 59, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jamil currently oversees nuclear, fossil/hydro, fuels and systems optimization, coal combustion products and transmission operations, as well as construction, major projects and environmental health and safety. He will also assume responsibility for the supply chain organization.

Melissa Anderson, 51, has been named executive vice president, administration and chief human resources officer, assuming responsibility for the administrative services organization in addition to her current human resources accountability.

“These changes support execution of our strategic priorities and commitment to  operational excellence, while streamlining reporting responsibilities and using the bench-strength of our leadership team,” said Lynn Good, president and CEO.

In addition, a new group, Business Transformation and Technology, is being formed to support the company’s strategy. This group will be comprised of the company’s existing information, technology and security organizations as well as resources dedicated to business transformation.

Brian Savoy will lead the new organization as senior vice president. Savoy, 40, has served as senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller, since 2013. He has led a number of key functions, including vice president and controller of the company’s Commercial Power segment, since joining Duke Energy in 2001. Savoy has extensive experience with financial modeling and forecasting. Previously, he was a manager with Deloitte & Touche, where he oversaw audit engagements with large energy clients.

Savoy will report directly to Steve K. Young, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

“This new group reflects the importance of technology as a transformational tool to achieve our strategic objectives,” said Young.

Succeeding Savoy as senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller will be Bill Currens, 47, who currently serves as vice president, investor relations.

Currens joined Duke Energy in 2002 as a manager in the corporate controller’s organization. Before joining Duke Energy, he spent more than nine years with the public accounting firm KPMG.

Michael Callahan will succeed Currens as vice president, investor relations. Callahan, 40, is currently director of regulated utilities forecasting. He joined Duke Energy from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in treasury, investor relations and forecasting.

Savoy, Currens and Callahan will report to Young. The changes are effective May 16.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.4 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people.

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