Lewis “Lew” Hay, III is executive chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies and the largest renewable energy generator in North America. He was appointed to his current role effective July 2012 and will serve until his retirement, which is planned for the end of 2013. As executive chairman, Mr. Hay serves as chairman of the board, to which he was appointed in January 2002. Mr. Hay has direct responsibility for the company’s human resources, legal and federal government affairs functions.
Mr. Hay served as chief executive officer of NextEra Energy from June 2001 through June 2012. He joined the company as chief financial officer in August 1999. In March 2000 he was appointed president of NextEra Energy Resources.
Mr. Hay received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982.
Mr. Hay is chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. He is also a director and past chairman of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), which encompasses all U.S. commercial nuclear operating organizations, and he is a director of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).
Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One Financial Corporation and of Harris Corporation. He is a member of the Business Board of Advisors at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and a member of the Presidential Consultation Committee of Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Futures Institute. He is a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and a member of the Business Roundtable and the Florida Council of 100.
He and his family reside in Palm Beach County.NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with revenues of more than $15.3 billion, more than 41,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 24 states and Canada as of year-end 2011. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in the United States of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.