Entergy Names Terry Young To Lead Nuclear Communications Role
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Terry Young has been named vice president of nuclear communications for Entergy Corporation, announced Toni Beck, group vice president of corporate communications for the New Orleans-based integrated energy company.
Currently director of generation communications for Arizona Public Service Company, Young, who will report to Beck, will lead the nuclear communications function for the nation’s second largest nuclear energy fleet from its nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Miss., and will join the company effective Feb. 6.
“We are fortunate to have such a seasoned nuclear communications leader join our team, and we are extremely excited for Terry to add his strong and deep experience in nuclear communications to the Entergy team,” Beck said. “Ensuring the public’s understanding of nuclear energy’s and Entergy’s important role in providing a stable source of safe, cost effective and reliable electricity, and ensuring continued excellence in our internal nuclear communications to our nuclear work force of 7,000, will be two key areas of Terry’s focus.”
“Communications is a vital element of nuclear operating excellence,” said Entergy Chief Nuclear Officer John Herron. “Terry’s multi-faceted background in the nuclear industry makes him an excellent choice to head communications for our extensive nuclear program.”
Communications professionals at Entergy’s nuclear facilities in seven states as well as those at its Mississippi nuclear headquarters and its regional office in White Plains, N.Y., will report to Young.
Young began his nuclear communications career at one of Entergy’s nine nuclear plant sites, Arkansas Nuclear One, in 1984. In 1990, he became section manager and speechwriter to the president of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, returning to Entergy in 1994 as nuclear communications manager. Young then expanded his expertise to global nuclear operating excellence in 1997, becoming special assistant to the chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators in London before returning to Atlanta as manager and then director of communications at INPO. Since 2007, Young has been responsible for directing all communications activities at the nation’s largest nuclear power plant, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, where he was part of a team tasked with a significant performance turnaround of the Arizona plant.
Young earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an English minor from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He also completed extensive reactor technology coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
SOURCE Entergy Corporation