Bryant Kinney has more than 25 years of experience in energy industry public and government affairs, media relations, crisis communications and philanthropy.
Bryant retired from Duke Energy Corporation following a career that spanned over two decades, most recently with him serving as vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the company’s Carolinas operations. During his career he led external and internal communications, media relations, public policy, philanthropy and crisis communications functions for nuclear power, gas pipeline, energy delivery, corporate communications and other key company operations.
As vice president, public affairs for Duke Energy’s energy services group, Bryant oversaw communications for the development of energy projects in 20 states and Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. He developed programs to establish the company’s presence and brand in new regions of the U.S. and internationally. He fostered positive relationships with national and international media, local communities and employees and achieved public acceptance for company’s multi-billion dollar domestic and international developments. He managed crisis communications response to operational, managerial and financial events impacting the company.
Bryant formerly served as manager, power generation communications for the Tennessee Valley Authority, responsible for all public and media relations and crisis communications for the federal power agency’s nuclear, fossil and hydro-electric generating facilities. Before joining the energy industry, he served as director of emergency management services for Cherokee County, N.C., and an emergency response planner for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.
Bryant graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has served on various community and regional boards including as Chairman of the board for the North Carolina Independent College Fund. He is currently treasurer and a member of the board for Leadership North Carolina.