Richard Donaldson

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Richard is the Managing Director of Digital Transformation at Duke Energy. Through this role, he is responsible for digital strategy, delivery, and architecture across mobile, data, analytics, software engineering and emerging info tech domains.

Richard began his career with Duke in 2001 as a programmer in Financial App’s. He took on progressively expanding roles, including leading Application Infrastructure/Architecture for the Corporate Applications domain until 2010, when he joined Telecom. While in Telecom, Richard had responsibility for Duke’s Wireless Communications Systems, including Land & Plant Mobile Radio Systems used by Duke’s Operations fleet. In 2013, Richard  joined the PMO, where he was named division manager in 2014. After leading the PMO through the Progress Energy Merger Integration Projects, Richard assumed his current position over Digital Transformation.

Before joining Duke in 2001, Richard spent 4 years practicing Civil and Environmental Engineering at a local consulting firm in Charlotte. 

Richard's civic engagement experiences have included participation in the Apparo ConnectivIT Series and CIO panels, leading the Duke team in Cystic Fibrosis Joes vs. Pros from 2009 through 2014, and earning Professional Engineer for the state of N.C. 

Richard earned his MS in Environmental Engineering and BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He now lives in Cornelius with his wife and three daughters.

Some of Richards interests include playing soccer and basketball and spending time in the Banner Elk/Sugar Mountain area.