JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 22, 2002 — Entergy Nuclear Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yelverton has announced management changes that affect the company’s Northeast and South regions.
John Herron will become senior vice president of Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York. Joe Venable will succeed Herron as vice president of operations at Waterford 3 near New Orleans. Jay Thayer, joining Entergy from Duke Engineering & Services, will succeed Venable as vice president of operations support for Entergy Nuclear’s South region in a four- to six-month assignment, preparing him for a future role in Entergy’s growing Northeast region. Transitions to these new assignments will begin immediately.
“These changes again demonstrate one of Entergy’s advantages as a nuclear operator,” said Yelverton. “Our depth of management talent allows for moves that provide for increased individual and organizational success. Our focus on breadth of management talent leads us to strategically recruit externally, as well as relying on our strong developmental programs to grow our own talent and promote from within.”
Herron, as senior vice president of Indian Point Energy Center, will be responsible for all the site-based organizations at Indian Point Unit 2 and Unit 3, merging the two units into a safely and efficiently run dual-unit nuclear site. Herron joined Entergy in February 2001 and has since led the Waterford 3 team to many noteworthy accomplishments, including industry recognition as an excellent performer, record generation, top quartile production costs and a top industrial safety rating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Herron’s extensive nuclear background includes roles with the Tennessee Valley Authority at its Browns Ferry and Sequoyah plants, at Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper plant, with Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation and in the United States Navy.
Venable brings to his new role as Waterford 3’s vice president of operations 21-years of nuclear experience. Prior to his promotion to the vice president of operations support role last November, he had been general manager of Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., since 1998. Venable transferred to Grand Gulf as operations manager in 1996 from River Bend Station, which Entergy acquired in its merger with Gulf States Utilities Company in 1993.
Thayer’s 27 years of nuclear experience includes all facets of the nuclear life cycle. Most recently, he has led Duke Engineering & Services’ decommissioning business unit following DE&S’s acquisition of the Yankee Nuclear Services Division. With Yankee Atomic Electric Company, Thayer’s experience included operations, engineering, project management, and executive roles. His background also includes work for Boston Edison Company on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, now owned and operated by Entergy. Noteworthy in Thayer’s background are roles as vice president of engineering for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation and as a loaned executive to Northeast Nuclear Energy Company in 1996 and 1997 working on recovery efforts at the Millstone Station.
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy, a global energy company based in New Orleans, is the third largest power generator in the nation with more than 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity, about $10 billion in revenue and over 2.6 million customers. Entergy’s nuclear businesses encompass five reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions and four reactors at three sites in Massachusetts and New York.
Entergy Nuclear has also signed an agreement to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant at Vernon, Vt. And expects to close that transaction in the second quarter of 2002. Entergy Nuclear also furnishes license renewal and decommissioning services to the U.S. nuclear power industry. Entergy Nuclear’s on-line address is www.entergy-nuclear.com .