Shawn D. Heath Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Shawn Heath serves as vice president and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the company’s sustainability-related goal setting, reporting, internal programs and stakeholder outreach. He was named to his current position in January 2012.
Heath joined Duke Energy in 2001 as an internal auditor and moved to the company’s local government relations group in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he held a variety of positions focused on regulatory and legislative planning for Duke Energy’s utility business in North Carolina and South Carolina, including director of state energy policy and vice president of outreach and advocacy. During 2010, Heath served as vice president of planning and business support for the company’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. During 2011, he supported Duke Energy’s integration executives responsible for the planning of integration activities for the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger.
Prior to joining Duke Energy, Heath was employed by Arthur Andersen, from 1994 to 2001. He provided both audit and management consulting services. From 1993 to 1994, he served as an accountant for Beverly Enterprises.
A native of Deale, Md., Heath earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in accounting from Virginia Tech. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University.
Heath serves on the board of directors of the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation. He is also actively involved in the Charlotte Heart Walk and a number of grassroots community engagement activities.
Heath and his wife, Dede, have three sons.
Duke Energy, the largest electric power company 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 power 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 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.