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Duke Energy: Paul Newton to succeed Brett Carter as president for North Carolina

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Charlotte, N.C., USA - January 30, 2013, Charlotte, N.C., USA - Duke Energy announces that it has named Paul R. Newton as state president for North Carolina.

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Mr. Newton previously served as senior vice president and special advisor to Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics for Duke Energy. Before that, he had more than 18 years of experience serving as legal counsel for the company’s utility operations.

Mr. Newton began his career with Duke Power in October 1990 as a senior attorney. Since then, he has assumed increasing legal responsibilities, as well as corporate accountabilities following Duke Energy’s formation with the merger of Duke Power and Pan Energy in June 1997.

In August 2001, he was named vice president and general counsel for Duke Power, with responsibility for delivering legal advice and solutions, and managing the company's legal staff and budget. Following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006, Mr. Newton was named senior vice president and general counsel for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. In December 2008, Mr. Newton joined the U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business segment to become senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics.

Mr. Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

Mr. Newton is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and New Mexico. He has served in a number of industry leadership posts, including past chair of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.

He is a past member of the Planning Committee of the Edison Electric Institute Lawyers Committee, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He was named to Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.

Mr. Carter has been named chief distribution officer and senior vice president for the company’s utility operations in six states.

Previously, Mr. Carter served as president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, Mr. Carter served as president of Duke Energy North Carolina. He has also served as president of Duke Energy Carolinas, senior vice president of customer service and business development for Duke Energy, and vice president of residential and small business customers for Duke Power. Before joining the company in 2005, Mr. Carter served as vice president of the central services division for Aquila in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Carter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in marketing, from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

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