VP – Corporate Public Affairs, Duke Energy
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy. She has responsibility for working with officials at the federal, state and local levels to develop responsible public policy that protects consumers and businesses. She is also responsible for working with Duke Energy’s international interests on energy initiatives for broad-reaching policy positions with stakeholder organizations.
Pinnix-Ragland has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, she served as Progress Energy’s vice president of corporate public affairs.
Pinnix-Ragland joined Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power & Light) in 1980 and held a variety of leadership roles in communications, customer operations, economic development, treasury, auditing and management services. She has been an officer since 1998. Prior to her employment at Progress Energy, she was an auditor with Arthur Andersen and an accountant with Colgate-Palmolive, both in New York. Pinnix-Ragland grew up in Hillsborough, N.C., graduating magna cum laude from N.C. A&T State University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She earned an MBA from Duke University and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Program.
Active in the community, she currently serves as chair of the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges, governance chair of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and is a board member of Research Triangle Institute International. She is a member of the board of trustees for the National Parks Foundation and the N.C. College Foundation. She is also a member of the board of visitors for N.C. A&T State University.
She is a recipient of the 2007 James E. Stewart Award, the highest award given each year by the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She received the 2008 North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award and the prestigious Education Award for Leadership in Community Colleges from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The American Academy of Business and Commerce honored Hilda with the 2010 National “Best of Black Business” Award in Energy, and Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America. Hilda has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from N.C. A&T State University and the Shaw University UNCF Torch Leadership Award for 2013.