- Rodriguez to head regulatory and state governmental affairs at
- Huntley to lead Entergy New Orleans regulatory and governmental
New Orleans, La. – Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today announced new
regulatory and governmental leads at two of its utility subsidiaries. Deanna
Rodriguez will move from her current role as vice president, regulatory affairs
for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. to Entergy Texas Inc., where she will assume the
new role of vice president, regulatory and governmental affairs. Gary Huntley,
currently region manager for the New Orleans electric distribution network, has
been named vice president, regulatory and governmental affairs for Entergy New
Orleans, replacing Rodriguez.
“I am very pleased to announce these additions to the leadership teams of
Entergy Texas and Entergy New Orleans; appointments that reflect our continued
commitment to leadership development and the depth of talent from which we can
draw here at Entergy,” said Gary Taylor, Entergy’s group president, utility
operations. “Both Deanna and Gary have tremendous track records in their careers
to date and we’re looking forward to their continued success as they assume
these new roles.”
Rodriguez, who will report to Entergy Texas incoming president and CEO Sallie
Rainer, will focus on building and enhancing relationships with government
officials throughout Texas and will also coordinate the company’s relationship
with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. She will be based in Austin and
will focus her time and efforts across all portions of the company’s service
territory – Beaumont, the Woodlands and Austin.
“As our customer base grows and evolves, it is important that Entergy Texas
adapt to the changing landscape of southeast Texas. In addition to continuing
our presence in Beaumont, with the fastest growing part of our customer base
north of Houston, it is critical that we establish leadership offices there and
in Austin, where important constituents like our regulators and legislature are
headquartered,” said Joe Domino, president and CEO of Entergy Texas.
Jack Blakley, vice president, regulatory affairs for Entergy Texas, and
Parker McCollough, vice president, state governmental affairs for Entergy Texas,
will report to Rodriguez.
In his new role, Huntley who will report to Charles Rice, president and CEO
of Entergy New Orleans, will serve as the primary contact for the New Orleans
City Council and City Hall. He will be headquartered at Entergy New Orleans
offices on Magnolia Street.
“Gary will be an outstanding addition to Entergy New Orleans’ regulatory
affairs efforts,” said Rice. “His collaborative style, hands-on work as manager
of the New Orleans distribution network and his experience in regulatory affairs
for Entergy Louisiana provide him with an excellent background to help us
deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity and gas to New Orleans
“We wish Deanna well in her new position at Entergy Texas and thank her for
invaluable contributions to Entergy New Orleans,” he continued.
Rodriguez and Huntley assume their new roles June 1.
Gary Huntley was named manager of the New Orleans electric distribution
system in August 2010 and is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of
electricity throughout the east bank of New Orleans. Under his leadership, the
reliability of the distribution system improved nearly 30 percent within the
last two years.
Huntley joined Entergy in 2001 as a senior analyst for Entergy Solutions. In
2005, he joined the regulatory group for Entergy Louisiana and supported the
filings associated with storm cost recovery for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In
2007, he served as manager of new business development for Entergy Louisiana and
his responsibilities included submitting the proposal to provide electric
service for the Fort Polk military facility. Prior to joining Entergy, Huntley
was employed by Chevron Corporation from 1989 to 2001.
Huntley received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1989 and a master of business
administration degree from Tulane University in 2001.
Deanna Rodriguez hails from the Rio Grande Valley near the south Texas
border. She has held various roles throughout Entergy during the past 15 years.
As director of corporate communications for what would have become Enexus Energy
Corporation, she was responsible for branding and communications. Prior to this
position, she was director of external affairs for Entergy, leading the effort
to secure $200 million in community development block grant funding to assist
the Louisiana, Mississippi and New Orleans utility companies rebuild after
As vice president of corporate contributions for Entergy from 1999 to 2003,
Rodriguez was responsible for the company’s social responsibility and
philanthropic efforts. During this time, she created the Entergy Charitable
Foundation and the company’s ongoing employee volunteer program, Community
During a brief hiatus from Entergy, she served as associate vice chancellor
of community relations for the University of Texas system. She has also served
as minority affairs liaison for the State Bar of Texas.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in
public affairs, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27
counties in Texas. Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility
serving Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 160,000
customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers in Orleans Parish. Both
companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
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