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April 21, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Michael Burns
Entergy Services, Inc.
mburns@entergy.com
504-576-4132
Entergy’s Leonard Continues Record-Setting Performance, Named Among Best CEOs in Nation by Institutional Investor Magazine

Entergy Investor Relations Also Receives High Ranking From Stock Analysts

New Orleans, La. – J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and chief executive officer for Entergy Corporation, is one of the nation’s “Best CEOs” and among the top five leaders in the power industry, according to rankings compiled by Institutional Investor magazine.

It is the sixth consecutive year the prestigious magazine has ranked Leonard among the top CEOs in the nation. Leonard has established a record-setting performance as the only power industry CEO to make the rankings every year since they began in 2004.

Leonard placed second among the top CEOs in the power industry. Leonard was named top CEO in the power industry in 2004 and since has ranked annually among the top four CEOs of publicly traded power companies. The 2009 rankings are based on the opinions of more than 900 buy-side analysts -- representing the nation’s largest, most sophisticated investment firms -- surveyed by the magazine.

In addition, Entergy’s investor relations department was named one of the best in the country. The group ranked second in the electric utility industry, according to the survey of buy-side analysts. Entergy received the top honor in 2006, the last time the magazine published rankings for investor relations departments.

In today’s “harsh economic downturn,” investors are “putting a real premium” on CEOs with long-term strategic vision and operational skills, the magazine reported. The

“Best CEOs” are those who scored “high marks for being forthright and transparent with shareholders and smart with their companies’ balance sheets,” according to the magazine.

Leonard became CEO of Entergy in 1999 and was appointed chairman in 2006. Entergy’s total shareholder return ranks in the top quartile of the industry during Leonard’s tenure as CEO. Under Leonard’s leadership Entergy returned its focus to its core competencies – regulated utility operations, power development and nuclear generation. The company has improved reliability and customer service while consistently meeting commitments to investors.

Another record Leonard holds is being a finalist for CEO of the Year in the Platts Global Energy Awards competition every year since 2001. He won the CEO of the Year Award in 2003. Entergy received a special award of excellence from Platts in 2008 for being a finalist 39 times in the competition, far more than any other energy company.

In addition, Leonard and his management team led Entergy during its recovery from the devastation left by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the damage caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Entergy is the only electric utility company to receive emergency response and/or assistance awards from Edison Electric Institute every year since the inception of the awards in 1999.

Leonard has also pushed environmental initiatives at Entergy, chief among them voluntary greenhouse gas emissions commitments begun in 2001. Entergy exceeded its first commitment by 23 percent to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at 2000 levels through 2005. Entergy made a second commitment to stabilize at 20 percent below year 2000 levels from 2006 to 2010. Entergy has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven consecutive years, and it is the only U.S. utility currently listed on the World Index. Entergy was also named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in 2008 for the fourth consecutive year, every year since its inception.

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, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees.

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