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Duke Energy names new South Carolina state president

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Michael Callahan has been named the new South Carolina state president for Duke Energy. He succeeds Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, who will become executive vice president and chief legal officer for the company, according to a news release.

Michael Callahan

Callahan currently is Duke Energy’s vice president of investor relations.

“Michael’s many years of experience throughout the company have prepared him well for this critical role,” Lloyd Yates, executive vice president of customer and delivery operations and president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas region, said in the release. “In his new role, he will build on the great progress Kodwo and his team have already accomplished, and he will continue to advocate for policies and practices that meet the energy needs of our customers and South Carolina in cost-effective, environmentally sound ways.”

Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe

Callahan will manage state and local regulatory and government relations in South Carolina. He will work with the corporate and regulatory strategy teams to advance legislative, rate and regulatory initiatives in the state, the release said. As the state president, Callahan will manage continued efforts to engage and work with customers and stakeholders across many topics, including the growth of renewables, the advancement of electrification efforts, strategic philanthropic initiatives and grassroots engagement with customers.

As executive vice president and chief legal officer, Ghartey-Tagoe will be the primary legal adviser to Duke Energy’s board of directors and senior management, and lead the Office of the General Counsel, which includes the company’s legal, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and audit functions.

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