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FPL chief Eric Silagy joins U.S. Chamber Board of Directors

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Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy was named Thursday to the Board of Directors of the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Silagy, a former chair of the Florida Chamber, is now one of a group of 100 prominent business leaders tapped to promote pro-business legislation and issues nationwide. The U.S. Chamber represents over 3 million businesses from across all industry sectors and regions of the country. Silagy will serve a two-year term.

Juno Beach-based FPL is the nation’s third largest electric provider and state’s largest utility with more than 4.7 million customers. Silagy has been with FPL, and parent company NextEra Energy, for more than a decade, serving in a range of positions, including senior vice president of regulatory and state governmental affairs, chief development officer, and vice president of business development.

As Florida continues its economic rebound, Silagy says he looks forward to sharing with colleagues what has worked in “ensuring a robust business climate here in the Sunshine State.”

Prior to joining FPL, Silagy was vice president, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures at Entergy Wholesale Operations, and as vice president and managing director, Southeast Asia, for The Wing Group, a subsidiary of Western Resources. He previously worked as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana.

“The Chamber’s volunteer leadership plays a crucial role in helping to set our policy positions, to serve our members, and to advance our free enterprise mission,” said U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue. “Eric has deep experience in some of our top issue areas, like energy and regulations, and a proven track record of leadership. We welcome him to the Chamber board and look forward to his contributions over the course of his service.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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