Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Durian is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT). Since joining the company in 1992, Robert has held responsibilities in several accounting and finance areas, including Controller, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer. He has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016 and was named Senior Vice President in 2018. He was named Executive Vice President and CFO in 2020. As Executive Vice President and CFO, his expanded responsibilities also include oversight of customer service, IT, supply chain and the company’s non-utility-based businesses.
Robert’s leadership and financial acumen have helped the company achieve sustained financial success with at least 5% annual earnings growth for the past nine consecutive years. In 2016, Robert led the development of a customer-focused strategy that is helping continue this remarkable financial consistency during a time of significant industry change. This strategy is built on work across all areas of the company to respond to changing customer needs and industry trends.
Robert has been instrumental in helping finance our strategic growth. As CFO, Robert oversaw the completion of a record volume of financings with more than $5 billion raised over the past four years for customer-focused investments. An innovative mindset led to many financing firsts for the company, including issuing Green Bonds to finance our wind expansion program and equity-forward transactions for new common equity.
Robert brings a financial discipline and strategic focus on controlling costs for customers to his work. This includes making the financial case for amending long-term agreements, advocating for legislative reforms and investing in new technologies to lower costs for our utility customers. In 2019, he helped launch a dedicated team that is helping guide all areas of the company through a customer- and cost-focused transformation. In 2020, he helped launch an enterprise analytics program to enable data-driven decisions that support the company strategy.
Across his various finance and accounting roles, Robert has also brought a focus on risk management. In 2017, he helped develop an enhanced Enterprise Risk Management Program to ensure appropriate risk mitigation activities to protect the company.
Robert received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992 and became a Certified Public Accountant that same year. He received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016.
2020 – Present Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
2018 – 2020 Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
2016 – 2017 Vice President – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
2016 – 2016 Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer & Treasurer
2015 – 2016 Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer & Controller
2011 – 2015 Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
2010 – 2011 Controller
2009 – 2010 Assistant Controller
2006 – 2009 Director – Financial Reporting
2003 – 2006 Manager – Financial Reporting
2000 – 2003 Manager – Internal Reporting
1998 – 2000 Supervisor – Internal Reporting, Alliant Energy
1996 – 1998 Accounting Specialist/Work Leader, IES Industries Inc.
1995 – 1996 Senior Accountant, IES Industries Inc.
1994 – 1995 Accountant II, IES Utilities Inc.
1992 – 1994 Accountant I, Iowa Southern Utilities Co. Stage