Duke Energy’s board of directors today elected John T. Herron, CEO, president and chief nuclear officer of Jackson, Miss.-based Entergy Nuclear, as a new board member, effective March 1, 2013.
Herron, who will retire from Entergy on March 31, 2013, becomes the 16th board member at the nation’s largest electric utility.
In his current role, Herron oversees Entergy’s nuclear power plants in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the company’s management services at the Cooper Nuclear Station in Nebraska.
He previously served as Entergy’s senior vice president for nuclear operations.
Herron joined Entergy in 2001 as vice president of operations at Waterford 3 Nuclear Station in Louisiana.
He began his career in nuclear operations in 1979 at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp., and has held positions at Cooper Nuclear Station, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Tennessee, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama and Indian Point Energy Center in New York.
Prior to his utility career, he served in the U.S. Navy for six years and taught at the Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Prototype School.
Herron also has served on the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations’ board of directors.
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the U.S. with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve about 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the U.S.