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Rice Transitions to New Role; West to be Interim Entergy New Orleans President and CEO
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) has announced that effective Monday, August 20, Charles Rice, currently president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, LLC will transition to a new role in Entergy’s legal department. Rice, a long-standing Entergy employee, military veteran and active member of the New Orleans community, with deep legal experience in both commercial matters and labor law, will be charged with providing legal advice and guidance as Entergy Corporation considers long-term growth opportunities and business strategies.
Rod West, group president, utility operations for Entergy Corporation, will add the role of interim president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans to his responsibilities until a successor is named. A national search has begun, and internal candidates also are being considered for the Entergy New Orleans leadership position.
“We thank Charles for his notable accomplishments and significant contributions to the New Orleans community as the president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans,” said Rod West. “Looking ahead, we are focused on identifying the right leader for Entergy New Orleans who can continue to build upon Rice’s accomplishments and who can also continue to guide investments in a more modern energy network while keeping bills affordable for our customers.”
Rice became president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans in 2010 and has helped oversee hundreds of reliability projects in the city including the largest natural gas rebuild effort in the city’s history. He also is an active member of the New Orleans community, serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Business Council of New Orleans executive committee, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Dillard University Board of Trustees and the visiting committee of the Loyola University School of Law.
“It has been an honor to serve the great citizens of New Orleans and lead the many fine employees of Entergy New Orleans,” said Charles Rice. “It is time to allow the company to pursue new leadership as Entergy New Orleans continues to be a valuable part of the community I call home and hold near to my heart.”
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.