The FINANCIAL — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 17 appointed Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), to its Board of Directors. FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., and one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation.
“The Chamber’s volunteer leadership plays a crucial role in helping to set our policy positions, to serve our members, and to advance our free enterprise mission,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “Eric has deep experience in some of our top issue areas, like energy and regulations, and a proven track record of leadership. We welcome him to the Chamber board and look forward to his contributions over the course of his service.”
Silagy, who has been with FPL and its parent company NextEra Energy for more than a decade, is the immediate-past Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He has served as senior vice president of regulatory and state governmental affairs, chief development officer, and vice president of business development among other positions. Prior to joining NextEra Energy, he was vice president, mergers, acquisitions & divestitures at Entergy Wholesale Operations, and vice president and managing director, Southeast Asia, for The Wing Group, a subsidiary of Western Resources. He also worked for U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana in several capacities, including chief of staff, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m pleased and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside chamber and business leaders from across the country to advocate for pro-business legislation and advance issues that are critically important as we navigate today’s competitive landscape,” said Silagy. “Florida continues its strong economic rebound, attracting new good paying jobs from around the country, and I look forward to engaging with my colleagues in sharing what has worked for us in ensuring a robust business climate here in the Sunshine State.”
Mr. Silagy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.