Julie Janson is executive vice president and chief executive officer for Duke Energy Carolinas. She has responsibility for regulatory and legislative affairs – and for the long-term strategic direction, growth and overall financial performance of Duke Energy’s regulated utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Previously, Janson served as executive vice president of external affairs and president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas region. In this role, she oversaw the corporate communications, federal government affairs, strategic policy and sustainability functions, stakeholder strategy and the Duke Energy Foundation. In addition, she had responsibility for the performance of the company’s regulated utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Janson’s extensive experience in the energy and legal industries includes serving as Duke Energy’s chief legal officer, where she was the primary legal advisor to Duke Energy’s board of directors and senior management. She led the Office of the General Counsel, which includes the company’s legal, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and corporate audit services functions. Janson also served as Duke Energy’s corporate secretary and senior vice president of ethics and compliance.
From 2008 to 2012, Janson served as president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in Ohio and Kentucky, serving approximately 1 million natural gas and electric customers in southwest Ohio and approximately 230,000 customers in six Northern Kentucky counties.
During her career at Cinergy Corp., Janson served as corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. As senior counsel, she provided advice on general corporate, corporate governance and securities-related matters. As counsel for Cinergy, she provided research, advice and support for divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, and several internal clients including investor relations, shareholder services, corporate communications and government and regulatory affairs. She also served as corporate counsel to the international business unit. Prior to joining Cinergy, Janson was corporate attorney for The Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company (CG&E), playing a role in the merger of CG&E and PSI Energy, which formed Cinergy Corp.
She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. Janson is a member of the bar associations of Ohio and Kentucky, with legal experience that spans more than 30 years. She is a member of the DirectWomen Board Institute Class of 2011, a program designed to identify and promote accomplished female lawyers to serve on corporate boards of public companies.
Active in several community and professional activities, Janson is currently a member of the executive committee for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. She serves on the advisory board for Constellation Insurance Holdings Inc. Janson is a member of the Commercial Club of Cincinnati and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She is also a member of the Johnson C. Smith University Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative Funder Advisory Committee and serves as a trustee for the Duke Energy Foundation. She is a past member of the board of trustees for Queens University of Charlotte and director for Constellation Insurance Holdings Inc. insurance boards in Cincinnati – The Ohio National Life Insurance Company, Ohio National Life Assurance Corporation, and National Security Life and Annuity Company.
Janson and her husband, Chip, have two daughters.