NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 26, 2002 — James H. O’Brien has been named vice president, safety and environment, for Entergy Corp., a newly created position that will provide oversight for the company’s safety and environmental efforts.
“We have seen tremendous progress in our safety and environmental programs,” said Entergy president Don Hintz. “Our record is now near the top in the industry, but we aren’t going to rest on our laurels. Under Jim’s watch we will not only continue our current focus internally, but take a more active leadership role nationally.”
O’Brien joins Entergy from his former role as corporate vice president — energy environment, safety & health for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Denver, CO., where he was instrumental in helping the company become best in class in safety in the aerospace industry. Under his watch, Lockheed Martin became a member of the OSHA VPP Program producing significant savings and improvements in the company’s safety and operating performance.
O’Brien began his career at DuPont in the environmental field and was later recruited to Shell as a research engineer where he gained practical, hands-on safety experience. From there he moved to Atlantic Richfield Corporation where, as a senior engineer, he ran the refinery’s Energy, Environmental and Safety Emergency Response Team. Later he served in a regulatory and legislative affairs and compliance role. He then joined Martin Marietta as director of corporate programs managing safety and environmental oversight programs for all nuclear facilities and materials management within the uranium processing business.
A native of Missouri, O’Brien graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering followed by a master’s in environmental engineering.
Entergy Corporation, with annual revenues of nearly $10 billion, is a major integrated energy company engaged in power production, distribution operations, and related diversified services, with more than 15,000 employees. Entergy owns, manages, or invests in power plants generating more than 30,000 megawatts of electricity domestically and internationally, and delivers electricity to about 2.6 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Through Entergy-Koch, L.P., it is also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services, as well as an operator of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities.