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Randy Gideon named vice president of Progress Energy's Robinson Nuclear Plant

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (October 17, 2011) -- Progress Energy announced today that Randy Gideon has been promoted to vice president of the company’s H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant near Hartsville, S.C.

Gideon, currently director of site operations at the Robinson Nuclear Plant, will succeed Bob Duncan as vice president.  Duncan will return to his prior position at the company’s headquarters in Raleigh.

"Randy Gideon has been instrumental in leading numerous improvements already implemented at Robinson, and his advancement to the position of site vice president ensures a continuity of his effective leadership in engaging the work force to accelerate improvements and return the plant to the outstanding performance for which it’s been known through the years,” said Chief Nuclear Officer Jim Scarola.

Gideon joined Progress Energy in May after working for the Exelon nuclear fleet for 17 years. He served as the site vice president at the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova, Ill., after serving as the plant manager for six years. Before joining Exelon, Gideon was an officer in the U.S. Navy submarine force for 12 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the great men and women at H.B. Robinson,” said Gideon.  “The Robinson employees are a vital part of the community here in Darlington County and South Carolina, and together we are committed to accelerating improvements to return the plant to the high performance and safety achievement for which it has been known through the years.”

About Progress Energy
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 22,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $10 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at

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