BATON ROUGE, La. – Jody R. Montelaro
has been named director of governmental affairs for Entergy Louisiana, LLC and
Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., taking the department leadership reins
from Murphy A. “Andy” Dreher III, who retired on July 1 after more than 30 years
Montelaro joined Entergy’s Louisiana
utilities in 2011 as a senior governmental affairs executive responsible for
addressing the company’s legislative-related issues with the Louisiana
Legislature and various state agencies.
“We are excited to have Jody take on
this new role,” said Bill Mohl, president and chief executive officer of
Entergy’s Louisiana utilities. “He has demonstrated that he is a talented and
respected leader who has a wealth of knowledge about Louisiana policy, the
industry sector and the workings of state government.
“Andy has been a tremendous asset to
the Entergy system, and we will truly miss him,” said Mohl, “but I know that
Jody also too will excel in his new leadership role."
Prior to joining Entergy, Montelaro
served as senior policy advisor to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the areas of natural
resources, environmental quality, wildlife and fisheries, agriculture,
corrections and state police issues. He also served as secretary of the
Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board and previously served as assistant
executive counsel to the governor. Prior to his years with the state, Montelaro
practiced corporate litigation at the law firm of Adams and Reese, LLP. In
addition, he served a year-long clerkship for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief
Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball.
Montelaro is an honors graduate of
Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, where he served as law school
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies
serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy
Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in
southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy
Corporation’s electric system serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana,
Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.