News Release
Feb. 19, 1998


James W. Hart, Jr. will end a 10-year career as head of Duke Energy Corporation’s public affairs with his retirement at the end of February.

As part of the executive management team, Hart helped steer a small Midwestern pipeline company called Panhandle Eastern Corporation through a metamorphosis as PanEnergy Corp to a merger with Duke Power in 1997 to create Duke Energy.

Hart’s public relations career spans more than 35 years, during which time he has been named public relations professional of the year in Texas and nationally. He has helped guide the company through mergers, natural disasters and crises.

"Jim Hart has been an integral part of the senior management team. His knowledge of public affairs, his professionalism and leadership, and his excellent counsel during good and bad times have helped the company grow and evolve into one of the largest energy services providers in the world," said Paul Anderson, president and chief operating officer of Duke Energy.

During his 10 years as head of the public affairs department, the group has received over 200 national, state and local awards, including three silver anvils from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and two gold quill awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. In 1990, Hart was named PR Professional of the Year by the Texas Public Relations Association. He was named Public Relations Professional of the Year by PR News newsletter in 1996.

Hart recently received special recognition and an individual honor by the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) for his leadership as past president of the organization and his support in promoting professional development. TPRA named its annual internship award the James W. Hart, Jr., Intern of the Year award.

Before joining Panhandle Eastern Corporation, Hart was senior vice president and general manager of Hill & Knowlton, Denver, one of the nation’s largest public relations finns. He served Gulf Oil Corporation for 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility, leaving in 1985 as senior director of public affairs after the company was acquired by Chevron Corp. Prior to joining Gulf, he served 13 years as executive director of the American Petroleum Institute in Alabama.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., in 1957 and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973.

Hart is a member of the American Bar Association and three state Bar Associations. He is a member of the American Gas Association’s Industry Communications and Public Relations committee, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Public Affairs Committee and the Greater Houston Partnership. He is a past chairman of the Public Affairs Council and a past president of TPRA. He currently is a director for TPRA and the Houston Chapter of PRSA.

Hart serves on the boards of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America, the Texas Research league, the Texas Council on Economic Education, the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast and Vita-Living, Inc. Hart is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Public Relations.

Hart retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on April 1, 1995, as a Brigadier General. He served for seven years as mobilization assistant to the director of public affairs for the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He has received numerous Air Force commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

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