JEA Names New Energy Chief


Jacksonville, FL - JEA announced yesterday that it has named Caren Anders its new VP/General Manager of Energy, effective January 2, 2019. Ms. Anders’ appointment comes following an extensive national search for a replacement for Mike Brost, who will retire after 35 years of service.

Ms. Anders is a seasoned executive, bringing operational leadership, financial acumen, strategy and innovation, compliance and risk management experience to her role at JEA. She has experience at both Duke Energy and Exelon Corporation, where she has led teams across the energy spectrum, including generation, transmission, distribution, emerging technologies and shared services.
Employed with Duke Energy since 2007, Ms. Anders currently serves as Vice President, Operations Support, where she is responsible for strategy and governance, asset management and contractor management.

“As we embark on our strategic planning process, Caren’s wealth of experience will help ensure that JEA continues to deliver reliable, affordable, safe energy to our customers while guiding us toward an exciting and innovative future,” said Melissa Dykes, JEA President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are thankful to Mike for his many contributions to the success of JEA, and grateful that he and Caren will work together to ensure a seamless transition in leadership for JEA and its valued customers prior to his official retirement.”

In addition to a host of other academic and professional certifications, Ms. Anders holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Drexel University. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International, serving on the Industry Advisory Committee since 2012.

JEA is the eighth-largest community-owned electric utility in the United States and one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation providing electric, water and sewer service to residents and businesses in northeast Florida.


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