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Keith Trent

Retired Executive Vice President
Duke Energy Corporation


Mr. Trent provides extensive utility operations, strategic planning, legal and safety experience as an executive of one of the largest electric power companies in the U.S., where he had direct management responsibility for the internal audit function, Sarbanes-Oxley processes, financial operations of four electric utilities, and the health and safety of a large workforce. His utility operational experience in, and perspective on, regulation, risk management, safety and cybersecurity are particularly relevant to our business and the regulatory framework in which SCE operates. This experience is particularly valuable to our Audit and Finance and Safety and Operations Committees, and supports his role as the Board’s liaison to the Company’s cybersecurity oversight group.


  • Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Regulatory
  • Workforce/Talent Management


  • Safety & Operations
  • Utility Industry
  • Legal/Public Policy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financial Expertise*
  • Environmental & Sustainability

*Meets the criteria for an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.


  • From 2005 to 2015, held a variety of senior  management positions at Duke Energy Corporation, including as Executive Vice President of Grid Solutions and Regulated Utilities and as General Counsel, with responsibility for long-term grid strategy, four regulated utilities, electric transmission, regulated fossil-fuel and hydro generation, health, safety and environment, fuel and system optimization, central engineering and services, corporate strategy, government relations, corporate communications, technology initiatives, legal, internal audit and compliance, and commercial businesses operating in domestic and international retail and wholesale competitive markets
  • From 2002 to 2005, held positions with Duke Energy as lead litigator with responsibility for major litigation and government investigations
  • Practiced law for 15 years before joining Duke Energy


  • B.S. in electrical engineering, Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law


  • Director, Capital Power Corporation (2017-present); chair of Health, Safety and Environment Committee
  • Director, TRC Companies, Inc. (2016-present)
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