Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Rod West was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Entergy Corporation on June 7, 2010. West reports to Entergy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for Entergy’s shared services functions supporting commercial activities of its utility and nuclear operations, and wholesale commodities businesses. Functions reporting to the CAO include finance operations, supply chain, business processes, administrative services, information technology, human resources and administration, federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs, and corporate communications.
West also has executive leadership responsibility for the company’s environmental commitments and positions. As part of this initiative, he sits on the board of directors of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a widely acclaimed, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.
Widely known as a proven hands-on leader, West was uniquely involved in the rebuilding of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and the great American city that it proudly serves. First, in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck and flooded 80 percent of the city, West was serving as Director of the metro New Orleans region with responsibility of the city’s electric infrastructure. After ensuring the safety of his workforce, many of whom lost homes to the storm, West and his team went to work overseeing a $600 million reconstruction of the nearly destroyed New Orleans electrical infrastructure.
In 2007, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy New Orleans, West led Entergy New Orleans out of bankruptcy and back to profitability, securing Community Block Development Grant funds to alleviate debilitating rate increases on customers. Additionally, he oversaw the industry’s largest natural gas rebuild effort in history – the replacement of approximately 860 miles of underground pipe damaged after Hurricane Katrina. That project was named by the Platts Global Energy Awards as the 2009 Global Infrastructure Project of the Year. Read more.
West joined Entergy Corporation as Senior Regulatory Counsel in April 1999 where he led Entergy’s regulatory transition team in obtaining the necessary government approvals for the proposed merger with Florida Power and Light. In 2001, West was named director of the Entergy New Orleans regulatory affairs department where he managed the 2000-2001 natural gas crisis that drove customer bills beyond levels of affordability.
Before joining Entergy, West was a Senior Attorney in the New Orleans office of Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, L.L.P. commercial litigation department. He also spent five years with the New Orleans-based firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P. West is a member of the State Bar of Louisiana.
An accomplished problem solver, West is a constant go-to person for civic results in his hometown. In 2010, he led the effort to redevelop the structure and private sector engagement for recreation for New Orleans youth through the creation of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Foundation. He also made the closing arguments to NFL owners on behalf of the city’s bid to host Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
His charitable and community work are largely focused on education, healthcare, economic development and the rebuilding of south Louisiana and New Orleans. West is a member of the board of directors of First Bank and Trust, First Trust, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Edison Electric Institute.
In 2000, he was appointed for a six-year term by former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster to the Louisiana State University System Board of Supervisors. In 2006, West was reappointed to another term by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and named board chairman through the 2006 and 2007 academic year. In May 2009, West was named to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees. West is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
West received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame where he lettered three years as outside linebacker and tight end for Lou Holtz and the Fighting Irish’s 1988 National Championship football team. He received his Juris Doctor from the Tulane University School of Law in 1993 and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Tulane University in 2005. He graduated from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 1986.