CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy's board of directors today announced the appointment of Annette Clayton – CEO and president of North America Operations for French multinational corporation Schneider Electric – as a new board member, effective Jan. 7, 2019.
Schneider Electric specializes in energy management, automation solutions and technology services, operating in over 100 countries.
Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Clayton worked in the technology and automotive sectors – at Dell and General Motors, respectively.
"Annette Clayton brings a wealth of business leadership experience across a diverse range of industries," said Lynn Good, Duke Energy's chairman, president and CEO. "Her insight and expertise will further strengthen our board as we transform the company and build a smarter energy future for our customers and communities."
Clayton will join two Duke Energy board committees: Audit and Nuclear Oversight.
At Schneider Electric, she also serves as chief supply chain officer globally and is a member of the executive committee. Previously at the company, she served as an executive vice president in Hong Kong and oversaw sales and operations in India, among other positions.
At Dell, Clayton served as vice president of global supply chain operations and vice president of Dell Americas operations.
At General Motors, she served as president of GM's Saturn subsidiary, corporate vice president of global quality, a member of GM's strategy board, and plant manager at a GM truck manufacturing facility.
Clayton also serves on the board of directors of Polaris Industries and is an executive advisory board member for SCM World, a Gartner community.
She holds a master of science degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton and a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering from Wright State University.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.
The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.
A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.
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