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Duke Energy announces new Florida leadership

Catherine Stempien and Harry Sideris (Duke Energy)
Catherine Stempien and Harry Sideris (Duke Energy)
Published Apr. 26, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — The head of Duke Energy Florida is leaving his post to take a new role with the utility's parent company June 1, the company announced on Wednesday.

Harry Sideris, 47, was appointed this week to serve as vice president and chief distribution officer overseeing Duke Energy's six-state service area. He is replacing Michael Lewis, who will retire after 30 years with the company.

Catherine Stempien, currently senior vice president of corporate development , will take over as the company's Florida president.

"At the same time, Harry and Catherine will bring fresh perspectives and leadership to their new roles as we build a smarter energy grid for our customers and communities," said Lynn Good, Duke chairman and president.

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Sideris has 22 years of energy experience and became Florida's leader in 2017 after serving as the company's senior vice president of environmental health and safety.

Before taking the helm at Duke, Sideris joined the utility's predecessor, Progress Energy, in 1996. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from North Carolina State university and has a master's degree in business administration from Campbell University.

Stempien, 48, currently oversees mergers and acquisitions for Duke Energy. She oversaw Duke's move away from its Latin American arm and the sale of its Midwest company.

Much of her background is in the finance and legal fields, where she worked for 24 years. Previously, she practiced law privately, then for various companies in energy and telecommunications. She held several senior positions, and also led Duke's federal and state regulatory legal practices.

"Catherine's experience has prepared her well for this important role and she will be a powerful advocate for our customers," said Doug Esamann, executive vice president at Duke, said in a release.

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