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Paul Draovitch

Senior Vice President and Chief Regulated & Renewable Energy Officer

Paul Draovitch
Paul Draovitch
Paul Draovitch serves as senior vice president and chief regulated & renewable energy officer for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the operations of the company’s diverse regulated generation portfolio of natural gas, coal and renewables in six states, including outage and maintenance services.

Before assuming his current position in May 2021, he served as Duke Energy’s senior vice president of environmental, health and safety, CCP and major projects. He led the groups responsible for developing and advancing corporate policies, programs and strategies to ensure the company’s compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations. Additionally, he had responsibility for the operations support function, with accountability for the construction of major projects, project controls and a companywide project management center of excellence. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of fossil/hydro operations for Duke Energy where he had responsibility for day-to-day operation of the company’s fossil and hydro power generation fleet.

Draovitch has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry and has held a variety of leadership positions in plant operations, engineering, and outage and project management. He joined Carolina Power & Light (predecessor of Progress Energy) in 1998 as manager of the company’s traveling maintenance organization. He also served as manager of the Cape Fear Plant from 2000 to 2002.

Draovitch began his career in 1983 with Consolidated Edison of New York, where he spent five years in plant operations followed by 10 years operating and managing independent coal and hydroelectric power facilities in Pennsylvania and Maine. He also served as plant manager of the Colver Power Project from 1993 to 1998. During that time, Power Engineering magazine recognized Colver as a top performer in the electric generating industry with a Power Plant of the Year award. The plant was also the recipient of a 1997 Three Rivers Environmental Award.

A native of Pottsville, Penn., Draovitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Janie, have three children.

Last updated May 1, 2021

Duke Energy

Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 8.2 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 150 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.