Paula SimsFormer Senior Executive, GE, Progress Energy and Duke Power
Most recently she was the Chief Integration Officer for The Duke Energy and Progress Energy Merger and senior vice president of corporate development and improvement for Progress Energy. In this role, Ms. Sims, with her counterpart from Duke Energy, spearheaded the company’s efforts to combine systems and structures to create the nation’s largest electric utility. Ms. Sims held the position of senior vice president of corporate development and improvement for Progress Energy and was responsible for implementing the Balanced Solution strategy to meet the future energy needs of Progress Energy’s customers. This responsibility included overseeing new generation construction projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, supply chain and information technology.
Sims also served as the executive sponsor of Progress Energy’s Continuous Business Excellence initiative, a framework for improving processes, efficiency and overall cost management across the company. Since joining Progress Energy in 1999, Ms. Sims has held a variety of roles including senior vice president, Power Operations; senior vice president, Regulated Services; vice president, Fossil Generation; vice president, Regulated Fuels; and chief operating officer of Progress Fuels. She played a key leadership role in the integration activities during the CP&L/Florida Progress merger in 2000.
Before coming to Progress Energy, Ms. Sims spent 15 years with GE Aircraft Engines in various engineering, operations and plant management roles. Ms. Sims earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in engineering from Boston University, and a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently is an independent consultant and a professor of the practice of leadership at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She also serves as the chair of the Meredith College Board of Trustees.