Veteran Leader in Utility Industry Elected as New Energy Systems Network Board Chairman

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2017) ─ Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network (ESN), a non-profit initiative focused on the development of the advanced energy technology sector, has elected Doug Esamann, executive vice president of energy solutions and president of Midwest and Florida regions at Duke Energy, as its new board chairman.

Esamann has served as a board member for ESN since 2015, succeeding former Duke Energy president, CEO and ESN founding board member Jim Rogers.

“ESN brings together global leaders to collaborate on energy technology projects that are accelerating the pace of technology innovation,” Esamann said.

“Having seen firsthand ESN’s ability to bring together members of the industry to push the envelope on advancing energy technologies, I am honored to serve as chair of this organization.” – Esamann

In his position as executive vice president of energy solutions, Esamann is responsible for corporate and regulatory strategy, emerging technology and the company’s regulated and commercial renewable energy operations. In addition, he has responsibility for aligning customer-focused products and services to deliver a personalized customer experience that positions Duke Energy for long-term growth. As president of the Midwest and Florida regions, he has responsibility for the profit/loss, strategic direction and performance of the company’s regulated utilities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. Previously, Esamann served as president of Duke Energy Indiana, the state’s largest electric utility with approximately 810,000 customers in 69 of the state’s 92 counties.

Esamann also serves as a board member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and as chair of the advisory board for the University of Missouri Financial Research Institute. He is also the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., the parent organization of ESN.

Esamann succeeds Thomas J. Snyder, president emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College, after his retirement. Snyder will continue to serve as an emeritus board member for ESN.

“ESN would like to thank Tom Snyder for his outstanding leadership over the past eight years,” Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of ESN, said. “We are also thankful to continue that strong leadership with Doug Esamann who has served as a valuable part of the ESN board since 2015 and brings a wealth of knowledge about the energy sector to our organization.”

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is an initiative focused on the development of the advanced energy technology sector. ESN’s mission is to leverage our network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life for today and tomorrow. Our collective focus is to reduce costs, emissions and waste; influence policy; and advance technological innovation. For more information, visit


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