NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE: NEE) appointed Kirk S. Hachigian to its board of directors.
"We're extremely pleased to welcome Kirk and his deep knowledge and expertise to the board of NextEra Energy," said James L. Robo, president and CEO of NextEra Energy. "Kirk's success in leading a publicly traded, global enterprise combined with a personal and professional passion for driving strategic, financial and operating performance improvement adds measurably to the leadership, governance and financial acumen of NextEra Energy's board. I look forward to working closely with Kirk as we continue to play a leading role in the advance of affordable, clean energy solutions for the benefit of our customers throughout North America."
Hachigian served as chairman, president and CEO of Cooper Industries plc, a global manufacturer of electrical products and tools, until the company's acquisition by Eaton Corporation in late 2012. He was named chairman of Cooper Industries in 2006, CEO in 2005 and president in 2004. Prior to joining Cooper Industries in 2001, Hachigian held senior-level positions with General Electric Company, including president and CEO of the Asia Pacific operations unit of GE Lighting, as well as key management assignments in Singapore, Mexico, Cleveland and General Electric's corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Hachigian also held general management and sales and marketing positions with Oak Industries and served as a consultant with Bain & Company.
Hachigian serves on the boards of PACCAR Inc. and Forethought Financial Group Inc. and formerly served on the boards of Cooper Industries and Trane Inc. (formerly American Standard Companies Inc.).
Hachigian earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.