It's a good thing Sandra Meyer thrives in stressful situations because that's what she walked into when she became president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky last April.

 

Meyer arrived in Cincinnati as the Duke-Cinergy merger became official and headquarters operations were consolidating in Charlotte, N.C. It signaled the end of an era that began with the incorporation of Cincinnati Gas, Light & Coke Co. in 1837. The corporate cultures of two long-standing companies from decidedly different parts of the country suddenly were mixed. Employees worried about their jobs being eliminated.

 

About a month into her new position, Meyer announced plans for the first electric rate increase for Kentucky customers in 14 years. It also was a time of historic rises in natural gas rates throughout the region. Collectively, it was enough to create a little stress.

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