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Paula Sims

Professor of the Practice of Organizational Behavior

McColl 4202
CB #3490
Chapel Hill, NC


Paula Sims teaches leadership classes and serves as an executive coach at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Ms. Sims has experience in leading and managing in areas of mergers, business development, operations, supply chain, IT and change management. After 29 years of experience in leadership positions in corporate America, she is applying her knowledge, skills and abilities as an independent consultant specializing in the energy industry. She assists clients in areas of strategy, operations, capital deployment, process improvement and human resources.

She served as the chief integration officer for The Duke Energy and Progress Energy merger and senior vice president of corporate development and improvement for Progress Energy. She and her Duke Energy counterpart spearheaded the company’s efforts to combine systems and structures to create the nation’s largest electric utility.

Ms. Sims held the position of senior vice president of corporate development and improvement for Progress Energy. She was responsible for implementing the Balanced Solution strategy to meet the future energy needs of Progress Energy’s customers, which included overseeing new generation construction projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, supply chain and information technology.

She also served as the executive sponsor of Progress Energy’s Continuous Business Excellence initiative, a framework for improving processes, efficiency and cost management across the company. She joined Progress Energy in 1999, and held a variety of roles, including senior VP, power operations; senior VP, regulated services; vice president, fossil generation; VP, regulated fuels; and COO of Progress Fuels. She played a key leadership role in the integration activities during the CP&L/Florida Progress merger in 2000.

Ms. Sims spent 15 years with GE Aircraft Engines in various engineering, operations and plant management roles.

She is the vice chairman of the Meredith College Board of Trustees.

Sims received her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, a master's degree in engineering from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech.