JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 14, 2003 — The head of Entergy’s nuclear power businesses will retire March 31, the corporation announced Tuesday. A number of management changes aimed at making one of the nation’s foremost nuclear programs even stronger are included in today’s announcement.
Jerry W. Yelverton, chief executive officer for Entergy’s nuclear businesses, joined the company in 1979 and has overseen one of the most aggressive nuclear growth strategies in the industry, adding five Northeast nuclear units to the company’s five Southern units since 1999.
“Using his keen technical knowledge and leadership skills, Jerry helped shaped nuclear safety cultures in his early days with the company, first at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station then at Arkansas Nuclear One, that were among the best,” said Donald C. Hintz, president of Entergy Corporation. “But just as important was his business savvy, which was behind all we accomplished as we doubled the size of our nuclear fleet in less than three years. He is a leader capable not only of creating visions but also of crafting tactical business plans that make those visions a reality.”
Upon Yelverton’s retirement, Gary J. Taylor will assume the role of chief executive officer of Entergy’s nuclear businesses. Currently chief operating officer for Entergy Nuclear South, which operates the company’s five nuclear units in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Taylor has been with Entergy for three years. He is former vice president of nuclear operations at South Carolina Electric & Gas. Taylor holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of captain.
“The talent base within Entergy’s nuclear power organization is one of our many business strengths,” Hintz explained. “We can draw from our own leadership resources, building on in-house expertise as we plan for continued nuclear excellence.” In a move designed to establish both operating regions with a full complement of officers, Hintz announced several additional promotions, all effective immediately.
Michael R. Kansler, currently chief operating officer of Entergy Nuclear Northeast, is appointed to the newly created position of president for the Northeast region. Kansler has been COO for three years, after joining Entergy in 1998 as vice president of operations support for Nuclear South. Kansler spent more than 20 years at Virginia Power (now Dominion Resources), where he was vice president of its nuclear program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has completed Pennsylvania State University’s executive management program.
Replacing Kansler and reporting to him as COO of Entergy Nuclear Northeast is John Herron, currently senior vice president of Indian Point Energy Center. Herron took over management of the Indian Point plant one year ago, after serving as vice president at Waterford 3 Nuclear Station near New Orleans. Herron’s nuclear background includes roles with Tennessee Valley Authority, Nebraska Public Power District, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation and the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.
W. R. “Bill” Campbell, now vice president of engineering for Entergy South, is also promoted, to chief operating officer for the Southern region. Prior to joining Entergy in May 2000, Campbell was executive vice president of the Duke Engineering Services nuclear group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. An engineering vice president will be named to replace Campbell in the coming weeks.
As COO, Campbell will report to John R. McGaha, currently president of Entergy Nuclear South, a position he has held for three years. Both McGaha and Kansler will report to Taylor.
“Our nuclear organization has boasted a number of record-setting years in all areas important to the company — safety, operations and cost,” Hintz said. “This new team is certain to lead our outstanding work force to continued success.”
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR – News) are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy Nuclear is the second largest and fastest growing operator of nuclear power plants in the nation. It operates five reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions and five reactors at four sites in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. Entergy Nuclear also is the nation’s largest provider of license renewal and decommissioning services to the nuclear power industry.
Entergy Nuclear’s online address is www.entergy-nuclear.com .