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Duke Energy Announces Executive Leadership Changes in Nuclear Generation January 18, 2008

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Henry B. Barron, Duke Energy group executive and chief nuclear officer, has announced his decision to retire, effective March 31. Barron has served as chief nuclear officer since 2004.
Dhiaa M. Jamil, currently Duke Energy’s senior vice president of nuclear support, will assume the group executive and CNO role effective Feb. 17.

“Brew Barron has been a great leader of our nuclear team,” said James E. Rogers, Duke Energy chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Under his leadership, our nuclear plants have turned in strong capacity factors and set records for continuous days of operation.

“We are fortunate to have a strong and deep bench on our nuclear team, and as a result we will make a smooth transition,” Rogers added. “Dhiaa Jamil has had an impressive 26-year career with Duke Energy that has prepared him well for his new role.”

Jamil joined Duke Power in 1981 as a design engineer. He has worked at all three of Duke Energy’s nuclear stations, serving as vice president of both McGuire and Catawba nuclear stations. He was named to his current role in December 2006. 

Barron began his career in nuclear generation in 1972 as an engineer at Oconee Nuclear Station. He was a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed reactor operator at Oconee and McGuire nuclear stations, operations superintendent at Catawba Nuclear Station, Oconee station manager and vice president of McGuire. In addition, Barron was vice president and general manager of nuclear operations at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Engineering Laboratory as part of the Duke Engineering & Services subsidiary.

Duke Energy's Carolinas’ operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 21,000 megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 2.3 million electric customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. The company has approximately 36,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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