Entergy Corporation announced Monday that Rick Riley, president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas Inc., will be named senior vice president of distribution operations and asset management.

Laura Landreaux, a leader within the company for more than a decade, will replace Riley as president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas.

The new organization will support Entergy’s strategy at each of its five operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, as they continue to modernize and strengthen their electric grids.

“Our customers’ needs and expectations are evolving rapidly, and we are planning for it by creating a more integrated energy network that provides Entergy and its customers more options in safe, reliable, and affordable products and services,” said Rod West, group president. “A proven leader, Rick brings more than 33 years of industry experience in transmission and distribution operations to this important role. More importantly, his background as a utility president and chief executive officer has provided him with invaluable insights into the needs of our customers.”

On his new role, Riley said, “This is an exciting opportunity for me to help develop an energy future that creates value for our communities, and ensure our employees have the tools, resources and training necessary to deliver a positive and productive experience to customers throughout our service territories. My time in Arkansas has been beyond wonderful, and I will miss working daily with our employees, customers and stakeholders of the Natural State.”

Landreaux will be responsible for Entergy Arkansas’ business results, including financial, operational, customer service, safety, resource planning, economic development, employee development and regulatory and governmental affairs.

Landreaux previously served as finance director for Entergy Arkansas, a position she’s held since November of 2017. Prior to that role, she was Entergy Arkansas’ vice president of regulatory affairs. Landreaux joined Entergy in 2007.

“Laura’s well-rounded experience makes her the right choice to lead Entergy Arkansas in the future, as we embark on our program to modernize the grid and create an integrated energy network,” said West. “As a native Arkansan, Laura has a keen understanding of the needs of customers and stakeholders in Arkansas, and how best to deliver the value and service they expect in their electricity provider. As an active member of the Arkansas non-profit community, she has demonstrated a strong desire to help our local communities be successful through volunteerism, donations and leadership.”

Landreaux is a former officer and founding member of Arkansas Women in Power and a member of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She also serves on the board of directors for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and she is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock.

Landreaux received a juris doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, where she was on the Arkansas Law Review. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has also served as an attorney for Salt River Project and for Quarles & Brady, LLP, both in Phoenix.

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