NEW ORLEANS, LA and WHITE PLAINS, NY – Integrated energy company Entergy
Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced today that it has named communications and
journalism veteran Andy Katell as vice president overseeing communications for
the company’s northern US nuclear power business. Based in White Plains, NY,
Katell reports to Entergy’s group vice president of corporate communications,
Necole J. Merritt.
Katell joins after serving 10 years as a senior vice president at GE Energy
Financial Services, GE’s energy investing business, where among other duties he
led communications for its equity investments in power projects with a capacity
to produce 30 gigawatts of power.
At Entergy, Katell leads a team of communications professionals at the
headquarters of the Entergy Wholesale Commodities division in White Plains as
well as at the merchant power generation facilities at the nearby Indian Point
Energy Center, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts, the James A.
FitzPatrick nuclear plant in central New York State, the Palisades Power Plant
in Michigan and the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which is being
decommissioned. Katell contributes to Entergy’s external and internal
communications his 35 years of experience in journalism, public relations at an
agency and in-house corporate communications.
To ensure a holistic approach to Entergy’s nuclear communications, Katell is
partnering with Mark Sullivan, director of communications for Entergy’s nuclear
group, based in Jackson, MS.
“Andy’s extensive experience, relationships and strategic approach will help
Entergy strengthen its engagement with stakeholders to mitigate risks, optimize
the value of our assets and achieve other business objectives,” said Merritt,
group vice president of corporate communications and corporate officer at
Entergy’s New Orleans headquarters.
Katell is a native New Yorker and has lived in five cities in the state. He
started his career in New York City in 1980 as a national broadcast writer at
The Associated Press news agency headquarters, with subsequent AP assignments
over 14 years as a broadcast and print correspondent and editor at news bureaus
at the United Nations, Moscow and Charleston, West Virginia. He transitioned to
public relations in 1994, working at the Fleishman-Hillard agency in New York
City for 10 years, then joined GE in 2004. He holds a BA in broadcast journalism
and Russian language from Syracuse University and is the recipient of several
journalism and public relations awards.
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, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one
of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8
million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy
has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.