Florida Chamber Board of Directors elect Eric Silagy as 2013-2014 Chair

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Eric Silagy, President of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), was elected 2013-2014 Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors during its annual meeting held earlier today.

Silagy replaces outgoing Florida Chamber Board of Director Chair Lars Houmann, President and CEO of Florida Hospital and President and CEO of the Florida Division Adventist Health System, whose term expires October 31, 2013.

Silagy will serve a one-year term as Chair beginning November 1, 2013. 

“Eric Silagy is a highly experienced business leader that understands the importance of making Florida more competitive and the important role Florida businesses play in achieving a strong economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “As Chair of the Board of Directors, Eric will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to champion free enterprise principles and solutions toward leading Florida to a new and sustainable economy.”

Silagy was appointed president of FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. and one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation, in December 2011. Previously, he served in a variety of executive-level roles throughout NextEra Energy, including FPL’s chief development officer. 

“Florida’s economy is on the right track, but we cannot afford to be complacent,” said Silagy. “In today’s competitive global economy, we must work as a team. I’m honored to chair the Florida Chamber team and look forward to building on our success and planning for our future.”

In addition to outgoing Chair Lars Houmann, Past Chairs of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors have included: former Speaker of the House Allan Bense; Anthony Connelly, Senior Vice President-Operations, Disney Cruise Line; Marshall M. Criser, III, President of AT&T Florida; former Lt. Governor and Senate President Toni Jennings; Steve Halverson, President and CEO of The Haskell Company; Susan Story, President & CEO of The Southern Company Services.

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