JACKSON, Miss. – Russell Bennett and Lawrence Johnson have joined Entergy Mississippi, Inc.'s governmental affairs department. Bennett will serve as lead governmental affairs executive and Johnson will be manager of regional customer service and governmental affairs.
"With the retirements of Will Mayo and Bennie Paige, we've been searching for the right people to fill critical needs," said John Arledge, Entergy Mississippi vice president of public affairs. "We found just who we were looking for, and I'm confident that with Lawrence and Russell on board we can continue to be a valuable resource for Mississippi's elected officials on utility and energy issues."
Bennett, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, most recently served as vice president of government relations for the Mississippi Bankers Association. There, he worked closely with association leadership and membership in evaluating legislative and regulatory proposals and serving as a liaison to government officials and industry groups. Bennett also previously served as a government relations executive for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and as communications coordinator for the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.
As Entergy Mississippi's regional customer service manager in Greenville, Johnson managed customer relations, media relations and philanthropic activities for an area serving approximately 145,000 customers. He also served as a local representative and resource for area mayors, county representatives and state legislators. Prior to his work in customer service, Johnson served in roles at Entergy Mississippi ranging from community development to marketing. He began his career as a field artillery officer in the United States Army. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to more than 437,000 customers in 45
counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy 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 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Entergy Mississippi's online address is entergy-mississippi.com.