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Leo P. Denault

Leo Denault is chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corporation. Since stepping into this role in 2013, he has led the company’s transformation into the premier utility – one focused on customer centricity, continuous improvement and creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging.

As CEO of one of the nation’s cleanest energy companies, Denault has guided the development of a strategic capital plan to modernize and strengthen the reliability of Entergy’s power generation fleet while maintaining some of the lowest customer rates in the country. Under his leadership, the company has also been recognized as a driving force behind the Gulf Coast’s industrial expansion.

After joining Entergy in 1999 as vice president of corporate development, Denault was named executive vice president and chief financial officer five years later. In 2010, he was honored as one of Institutional Investor’s 2010 All-America Executive Team. He was listed as the top CFO in the power industry for two consecutive years and ranked among the top five industry CFOs from 2006-10.

Denault serves on the boards of directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates, the Edison Electric Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, and the World Association of Nuclear Operators Atlanta Centre. He also is a member of the National Petroleum Council.

Prior to joining Entergy, Denault served as vice president of corporate development at Cinergy Corporation, where he helped acquire generation, distribution and trading businesses.

He has an MBA from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Ball State University.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.

Updated July 2021