James P. Henning State President - Ohio and Kentucky
Jim Henning is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in Ohio and Kentucky, which serves approximately 840,000 electric customers and 525,000 natural gas customers. He is accountable for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives, and managing the government relations, economic development and community affairs function throughout the region.
Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, Jim was vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Kentucky. In this role, he was responsible for the government and regulatory policies and strategies to strengthen Duke Energy’s mission of providing safe, reliable and clean energy for customers in both states. Jim also managed key relationships within the governors’ offices and state legislatures, as well as tactical interactions with the company’s regulators in Ohio and Kentucky.
Jim previously spent more than nine years leading the commercial activities of Duke Energy’s regulated natural gas business in Ohio and Kentucky. He oversaw the planning, procurement and recovery of more than $400 million in annual investment in natural gas, and directed the physical operations and control of Duke Energy’s natural gas distribution system. He also led the teams responsible for managing the relationships with large-business natural gas customers, as well as the management and administration of the company’s natural gas customer choice program.
Born and raised in Ohio, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in financial services from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and an MBA in finance marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.
Jim is active in a number of community and professional activities. He serves as chair of REDI Cincinnati. In addition, Jim is a board member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cintrifuse, the Boone County (Ky.) Public Library, People Working Cooperatively and the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee and the Ohio Business Roundtable.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys golf, traveling and bicycling, and is a high school wrestling official. He and his wife, Christine, have two children
Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.