Rick Riley promoted to president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. May 2, 2016. He had been serving in an interim position as group vice president of customer service and operations for Entergy Arkansas since June 2015 when Hugh McDonald announced he would be retiring in April 2016 as president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas.
Prior to joining the Entergy Arkansas team, Riley served as vice president of transmission for Entergy Services, Inc. (ESI) from 2010 to 2015.
He began his utility career in 1985 at Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont, Texas, as a transmission and distribution engineer. Starting in 1990, Riley held various engineering positions at Texaco Chemical Company and Fina Oil & Chemical Company in Port Arthur, Texas, before joining Entergy Services, Inc. as a senior lead engineer, power quality, in 1995.
In 1996, Riley was named manager of engineering field services, system protection and control for ESI. He also held management positions at ESI in the market management group and transmission operations planning before being named director of transmission policy in 1999. Riley later served as vice president of transmission regulatory compliance for ESI in New Orleans and then was named director of transmission and distribution operations for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. in 2008.
Riley is currently serving as the Chairman of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Executive Committee of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.
Riley holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Riley is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.