Jackson, Miss., April 9, 2003 — Two Entergy Nuclear South vice presidents will begin new roles April 7. William A. “Bill” Eaton, now vice president at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, will become vice president of engineering for the South region.
George A. Williams, now vice president of operations support, has accepted a rotational assignment as vice president at Grand Gulf. Gregory D. Pierce, current director of nuclear support, will step up as acting vice president of operations support.
Eaton fills the vacancy in engineering that was created by William R. “Bill” Campbell’s January promotion to chief operating officer for Entergy Nuclear South.
“Entergy Nuclear’s growth strategy calls for us to have depth of executive talent with demonstrated competence in various facets of our business,” said Campbell. “These position changes are aligned with those goals.” Campbell also acknowledged Eaton’s leadership and successes at Grand Gulf during the six years he has been in leadership roles at the plant.
Rotational assignments at upper management and executive levels are a component of Entergy Nuclear’s development and succession planning. Temporary, lateral assignments into other areas of the business broaden the experience base of a manager or executive, giving him or her direct experience in many different areas. Rotations also provide an independent assessment from someone who has a fresh perspective, thus keeping performance on a continually improving trend.
Williams brought 18 years of experience in the power generation and nuclear businesses to Entergy in 2002. He left the dual-unit PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Berwick, Pa, where he was general manager of nuclear assurance.
From 1999 to early 2001, Williams worked in three different general manager positions with Carolina Power & Light Company. While there, he oversaw plant operations, combustion turbine operations and the regional operations of seven generating stations. Williams worked at PECO from 1984 through 1999, where he began his career with the Limerick nuclear station.
At Limerick, he earned his senior reactor operator license and shift technical advisor certification. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University. Williams has completed several executive leadership courses, including the Wharton Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University’s program for senior executives.
Eaton has been vice president at Grand Gulf since 1998 and was the plant’s general manager for two years before. He came to Grand Gulf in 1996 from Arkansas Nuclear One, where he held positions as unit 2 plant manager; director of design engineering; and mechanical, civil and structural design manager.
Eaton began his Entergy career in 1982 at Arkansas Power & Light Company as mechanical engineering supervisor. Eaton worked in engineering and project management roles for private businesses and governmental agencies between 1972 and 1982. Eaton, a registered professional engineer in Arkansas since 1977, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1972.
Pierce became director of nuclear support in September 2002, after a three-year assignment as director of oversight. He has more than 24 years experience in the nuclear industry. His Entergy career spans nearly 10 years, having worked from 1987 to 1991 in engineering and internal audit management roles, then rejoining the company in 1997 as director of quality at Waterford 3.
Pierce worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1991 to 1997 in licensing and engineering management roles supporting recovery and restart of Browns Ferry Units 2 and 3. He has earned boiling water reactor senior reactor operator certification and has been a registered professional engineer in Mississippi since 1987. Pierce holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and retired at the rank of captain after 10 years active and 20 years reserve Naval service.
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy Nuclear is the second largest and fastest growing operator of nuclear power plants in the nation. It operates five reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions and five reactors at four sites in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. Entergy Nuclear also is the nation”s largest provider of license renewal and decommissioning services to the nuclear power industry.
Entergy Nuclear’s online address is www.entergy-nuclear.com.