John R. McGaha, President
Entergy Nuclear Planning, Development and
John R. McGaha was named president of planning, development and oversight for
Entergy Nuclear in February 2007. Reporting to McGaha are three vice
presidents whose functional responsibilities and organizations comprise
planning and innovation; business development and new plant activities; and
oversight. McGaha also has organizational responsibility for ensuring that
Entergy Nuclear fully realizes and leverages its fleet advantages.
Previously and since 2000, McGaha had been president with responsibility for
the five nuclear units at four plant sites in Entergy’s retail electric
service area: two-units at Arkansas Nuclear One and single units at Grand Gulf
Nuclear Station, River Bend Station and Waterford 3. His responsibilities in
that role included regular interfaces with executives of the Entergy
subsidiary owner companies as well as with various corporate center functions.
McGaha is an active participant in nuclear industry initiatives that
contribute to continuous improvement and excellence. He has multiple current
and past roles on executive committees, advisory councils and working groups
of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and
the American Nuclear Society.
McGaha has nearly 30 years of experience with Entergy’s nuclear program. He
started his Entergy career in 1978 at the Waterford 3 plant in Taft, La., near
New Orleans, advancing to the position of general manager of plant operations.
McGaha was promoted to vice president of operations support for Entergy
Nuclear South in 1991, coordinating support services for all the nuclear units
at the company's nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Concurrent with
Entergy’s December 1993 merger with Gulf States Utilities, McGaha was named
vice president of River Bend Station in St. Francisville, La., where
performance in most industry indicators was lagging. Under McGaha’s
leadership, the plant was integrated into Entergy Nuclear South, and major
improvement plans were developed and implemented that set the plant on an
impressive improving trend.
McGaha was promoted in September 1998 to executive vice president and chief
operating officer of Entergy Nuclear South.
Before joining Entergy, McGaha was an electrical design engineer for Brown &
Root, Inc. for three years, and he served in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine
program for five years. In 1994, he retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with
the rank of captain.
McGaha is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor of
science degree in electrical engineering, and he has completed Harvard
University's Advanced Management Program. He is a registered professional
engineer and received his senior reactor operator management certification at