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James L. Turner to leave Duke Energy, new leadership announced

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Charlotte, N.C., USA - December 6, 2010, Charlotte, N.C., USA - Duke Energy, an electric power holding company, announced that James L. Turner, group executive, president and chief operating officer of the company’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business, has decided to leave the company.

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Mr. Turner has served as a senior leader of Duke Energy since 2006 when Cinergy and Duke Energy merged. He joined Cinergy in 1995. Prior to the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy, Mr. Turner served as president of Cinergy. Before that, he was the company’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for the company’s financial operations, investor relations, corporate development, and strategic planning. He also served as chief executive officer for Cinergy’s regulated business unit.

Before joining Cinergy in 1995, Mr. Turner was employed as a principal in the Indianapolis law firm of Lewis & Kappes, P.C., representing industrial customers in state utility commission proceedings as well as before the Indiana General Assembly.

Before joining Lewis & Kappes, Mr. Turner served as the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor from 1991 to 1993, leading a state agency responsible for representing all classes of Indiana consumers of electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and sewer services. In 1992, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. From 1984 to 1991, he was employed as an attorney in the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman (now Bingham McHale), where he was elected to partnership in 1990.

Mr. Turner serves on the board of directors of EnerNOC Inc., a publicly traded energy management company. He is a past chairman and current board member of the Charlotte Center City Partners. Mr. Turner is also a board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. From 1999 to 2004, he served as a member of the Ohio State Board of Education.

Mr. Turner received a bachelor of science degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and a juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School; the Leadership at the Peak Program at the Center for Creative Leadership; and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at MIT.

Duke Energy also announced the following organizational changes:

- The state presidents: Julie S. Janson, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky; Douglas F. Esamann, president, Duke Energy Indiana; Brett C. Carter, president, Duke Energy North Carolina; and Catherine E. Heigel, president, Duke Energy South Carolina.

- William F. Tyndall, senior vice president, Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs.

- Richard W. Haviland, senior vice president, Construction and Major Projects.

- Gianna M. Manes, senior vice president and chief customer officer.

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