Catherine Stempien is Duke Energy’s state president in Florida, serving approximately 1.8 million electric retail customers in central Florida, including metropolitan St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the Greater Orlando area. She is responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy’s regulated utilities in Florida and managing state and local regulatory and government relations, and community affairs. She also has responsibility for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives.
Prior to assuming her current role in June 2018, Stempien was senior vice president of corporate development, where she had responsibility for Duke Energy’s corporate development activities, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Stempien has more than 20 years of legal experience in private practice, and in the energy and telecommunications fields. She has served as vice president, legal, for Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses organization. In this role, she led the groups responsible for providing legal services to the company’s commercial businesses, including Duke Energy International, Duke Energy Renewables, Midwest Commercial Generation and Commercial Transmission. Before the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, Stempien led the team providing litigation, environmental, and federal and state regulatory legal services for Duke Energy. She went on to lead the corporate development function in 2014.
Stempien joined the company in 2003 as an associate general counsel for Cinergy Corp. in Cincinnati. She has held numerous positions in the legal department covering virtually all areas of legal services to the company. From 1996 to 2002, she was a senior attorney for AT&T Corp. in Basking Ridge, N.J., and AT&T Broadband in Englewood, Colo. She represented AT&T before federal and state trial and appellate courts and in mediations and arbitrations. Prior to her employment with AT&T, Stempien was an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1996, practicing litigation and environmental law.
Stempien earned a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College. She also completed a joint Dartmouth/London School of Economics program in comparative political studies and participated in the Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Colorado, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit bars.
Stempien and her husband, Jim Bolin, have two children and live in Charlotte.