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Duke Energy has named Clark Gillespy president of the company's South Carolina service region. He replaces Catherine Heigel, who recently accepted a position outside the company.

Gillespy, who joined Duke Energy in 2004, will be responsible for advancing the company's rate and regulatory initiatives, and managing state and local regulatory and government relations, economic development and community affairs.

In addition, Gillespy has been selected to lead Duke's South Carolina region when Duke Energy merges with Progress Energy. He will report to John McArthur, who has been named executive vice president of regulated utilities for the merged company. The merger is targeted to close July 1.

In South Carolina, Duke Energy serves more than 600,000 retail customers and operates approximately $3 billion in assets.


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