2012 CAO Rankings

Featured Executive:

Roderick West

Rod West was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Entergy on June 7, 2010.

As CAO, West oversees the legal, human resources and administration, public affairs, federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs, and corporate communications organizations.

West is a proven, hands-on leader. He previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., where he was responsible for ENOI’s financial and operational performance, customer service, regulatory and governmental relations, economic development programs, external and internal communications, charitable contributions, and environmental policy.

During his tenure at ENOI, West was credited with managing the rebuild of critical aspects of the New Orleans infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina, and for leading Entergy New Orleans out of bankruptcy after the storm. In addition, he oversaw the industry’s largest natural gas rebuild effort in history - the replacement of approximately 860 miles of underground pipe damaged after Hurricane Katrina. That project was named by the Platts Global Energy Awards as the 2009 Global Infrastructure Project of the Year.

West’s rise to Entergy’s CAO position began when he joined the Entergy Corporation as senior regulatory counsel in April 1999 at the Fortune 500 Company’s headquarters. In that department, he led Entergy’s regulatory transition team in obtaining the necessary government approvals for the proposed merger with Florida Power and Light. By April 2001, West was named director of the Entergy New Orleans regulatory affairs department where he managed the 2000-2001 natural gas crisis that drove customer bills beyond levels of affordability. During that crisis, West helped Entergy earn a reputation as one of the most pro-customer utilities in the nation. He also managed the company’s rate case that resulted in increased allowable earnings, and its first profitable position in years - while actually lowering customer bills thanks to power purchase contracts that brought cheaper power into the city.

In December 2003, West became director of the company’s electric distribution operations, managing hundreds of employees responsible for the daily maintenance and operation of the electric grid. The role positioned him to lead that team after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the city.

Before joining Entergy, West was a senior attorney in the New Orleans office of Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, L.L.P. commercial litigation department. He also spent five years with the New Orleans-based firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P. West is a member of the State Bar of Louisiana.

He is recognized for an intense focus on charitable and community efforts concentrating on education, healthcare, economic development and the rebuilding of south Louisiana and New Orleans. West is an executive committee member of the New Orleans Business Council and a member of the board of directors of First Bank and Trust, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Edison Electric Institute. In 2000, he was appointed for a six-year term by former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster to the Louisiana State University System Board of Supervisors.

In 2006, West was reappointed to another term by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and named board chairman through the 2006 and 2007 academic year. In May 2009, West was named to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees. West is a member of both the Executive Leadership Council and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity.

West received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame where he lettered three years as outside linebacker and tight end for Lou Holtz and the Fighting Irish’s 1988 National Championship football team. He received his Juris Doctor from the Tulane University School of Law in 1993 and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Tulane University in 2005. He graduated from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 1986.

2012 CAO Rankings

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There are over 50,000 Chief Administrative Officers and Senior Administrative Executives in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top Administrative Executives” for 2012. As always, there was a premium on experience, but also on innovative operations strategies that broke through the and yielded a substantial return on investment. In addition, this year in particular there was a heavy emphasis on social media marketing, mobile marketing, and strategic partnerships. Special consideration was also given to Administrative Executives active giving speeches, serving as board members, and those that released a book this year. The Executives that made this list represent the best of the best in their profession for 2012.

Administrative executives were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary Administrative Executive Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the Administrative Executive Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance.

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Tom Nightingale, President, Sales and Marketing, ModusLink Global Solutions“It is great to see that ExecRank has produced a credible means to analyze the wide variety of marketing techniques that exist across so many industries and produce a best-in-class rating system removing the subjectivity that has historically existed.”

Peter E. Holmes, Ph.D. Chief Marketing Officer Celanese Corporation“I am grateful to the nominating committee of ExecRank for this tremendous honor.”

Diane Dietz, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, SAFEWAY INC.“I’m honored by the recognition and pleased to be counted among a roster of CMO’s managing some of the finest brands in the world.”

Deborah Meyer, SVP & CMO, Pulte Group“It is great to be included on this terrific list of thought leaders in marketing and see that ExecRank has incorporated criteria that reflect the evolving focus of our work as CMOs.”

Tobias Lee, CMO, Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting“It’s an honor to be recognized by ExecRank and to be included amongst such distinguished company.”

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2012 Top Administrative Executives

1. Roderick West, Entergy Corporation 2. Denise Starr, Compuware Corporation 3. Marc Reed, Verizon Communications Inc.
4. Patricia Callahan, Wells Fargo & Company 5. Nancy Hickey, Steelcase Inc. 6. Alexander Cummings, Jr., The Coca-Cola Company
7. Susan Darby Gallagher, The Quantum Group 8. David Chernow, Select Medical Holdings Corporation 9. Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Comcast Corporation
10. Barry Schlesinger, Kennedy Wilson Holdings Inc. 11. Dennis Welch, American Electric Power Company, Inc. 12. Marcea Bland Lloyd, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
13. Catherine Emma, Hill International, Inc. 14. Kirk Gregg, Corning Incorporated 15. Douglas Treff, Collective Brands, Inc.
16. Todd Wiseley, Valassis Communications, Inc. 17. Teresa White, AFLAC Incorporated 18. Kellye Walker, American Water Works Company, Inc.
19. Samrat Khichi, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. 20. Ruth Ann Gillis, Exelon Corporation 21. Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific Corporation
22. Todd Fisher, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 23. Michael Newbold, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. 24. Michael Arnold, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
25. Maria Singer, Blackstone Advisory Partners LP 26. Godfrey Evans, HomeStreet Bank 27. Ken Yerves, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
28. Jason Stewart, IAC/InterActiveCorp 29. David Novak, RailAmerica, Inc. 30. James Sheehan, Tellabs, Inc.
31. Debora Catsavas, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems 32. Patrick Sheller, Eastman Kodak Company 33. Terrence Linnert, Goodrich Corporation
34. Michael Cowan, American International Group (AIG) 35. Fred Brune, CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. 36. Emanuel Conti, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
37. Andrew Brandman, CIT Group Inc. 38. Lee Powlus, People’s United Bank 39. Roland Rapp, Skilled Healthcare LLC
40. David McHale, Northeast Utilities 41. Mark Scott, FMC Technologies, Inc. 42. Jerry Weiss, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
43. Mark Rossi, Bank of Hawaii Corporation 44. Maureen Sammon, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company 45. Marvin McDaniel, Xcel Energy Inc.
46. Marla Mellies, Puget Sound Energy Inc. 47. Robert Reeves, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation 48. Aldo Manzini, MGM Resorts International
49. Dave Kolzow, The Ziegler Companies, Inc. 50. Jennifer Sherman, Federal Signal Corporation 51. Heather Campion, Northeast Bank
52. Peter Gibbons, American Public University System 53. Phillip Harrington, Jr., CA, Inc. 54. Anne Schumann, Ashland Inc.
55. Jeff Langenbach, Apollo Group, Inc. 56. Shane Loper, Hancock Bank 57. Kenton Rose, Beam Inc.
58. Charles Schwabe, Howard Bank 59. Jonathan Glenn, MedAssets, Inc. 60. Dorothy Ables, Spectra Energy Corp.
61. Jeff Lamb, Southwest Airlines Co. 62. Timothy Donnelly, American Vanguard Corp. 63. Edmund DiSanto, American Tower Corporation
64. Steve Zoric, Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management Inc. 65. Roger Campbell, BGC Partners, Inc. 66. Allen Nelson, Crawford & Company
67. Stephanie Justice, Source Interlink Companies 68. Joseph Beaman Jr., Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina 69. Hugh Queener, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
70. John Butler, CMS Energy Corporation 71. Edward Lopez, Silicon Image, Inc. 72. Chet Richardson, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
73. Pamela Craven, Avaya Inc. 74. Mark Servodidio, Avis Budget Group, Inc. 75. Warren Erdman, Kansas City Southern
76. Bryan Richardson, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. 77. Joseph Napolitano, Acadia Realty Trust 78. Daniel Taitz, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
79. Matthew Dundrea, Apache Corporation 80. Gary Ittner, MRC Global Inc. 81. Mary Caola Kullman, The Laclede Group, Inc.
82. Cynthia Norland, MDU Resources Group, Inc. 83. Brett Hickman, EnergySolutions, Inc. 84. Joe Green, Moog Inc.
85. Glenn Fuller, Autobytel Inc. 86. Brian Keck, ConAgra Foods, Inc. 87. Marybeth Leamer, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
88. Richard Zuidema, EnerSys 89. Charles McMurray, Donaldson Company, Inc. 90. Kevin Wilcox, Altisource Portfolio Solutions
91. Brian Lee, Unicity International 92. Scott Reitan, Pan American Insurance Agency, Inc. 93. Robert Quicksilver, Charter Communications, Inc.
94. Richard Riney, Ventas, Inc. 95. Cathy Mahone, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America 96. Walter Cooper, WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
97. Timothy Chu, Phoenix Technologies, Ltd. 98. Mark Hianik, Dex One Corporation 99. Daniel Little, Nordstrom, Inc.
100. Elizabeth Downey, UniTek USA, LLC 101. James Street, Kinder Morgan, Inc. 102. Kim Clarke, Key Energy Services, Inc.
103. Eric Semelka, Lenox Advisors, Inc. 104. Steven Mackey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. 105. Robin Adams, BorgWarner Inc.
106. Gil Tily, Amkor Technologies, Inc. 107. Larry Beckwith, Bob Evans Farms, Inc. 108. Jeffrey Bowen, Dana Holding Corporation
109. Randle Rose, McGrath RentCorp 110. Patti Helfer, NRG Energy, Inc. 111. Brian Stolz, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
112. Robert Reese, Taubman Centers, Inc. 113. Jill Bright, Conde Nast Publications Inc. 114. Ulf Schneider, PAREXEL International Corporation
115. Gary Carlson, McDermott International, Inc. 116. Patrick Hurless, UBS Global Asset Management 117. Chadwick Meyer, Community Business Bank
118. William Midgley, Oce North America 119. Richard Chapman, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. 120. Kimberly Dechello, The Keyw Corporation
121. Robert Kretzman, Revlon Inc. 122. Marcus Macip, LHC Group, Inc. 123. Douglas Hemer, Aetrium Incorporated
124. Lee Kaplan, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. 125. John Worthington, Kohl’s Corporation 126. James Squires, Norfolk Souther Corporation
127. Danny Barth, National Basketball Association – Thunder Franchise 128. Thomas Cole, Macy’s, Inc. 129. Dennis Brand, Arch Worldwide Insurance Group
130. Rodney Nichols, Marathon Petroleum Corporation 131. Lorie Runion, East Carolina Bank 132. Timothy Moen, Northern Trust Corporation
133. Frances Klingle, Avalon Holdings Corporation 134. Robert Gibney, Tronox Ltd. 135. Michael Buckley, Robert Half International
136. Charles Sprague, Fiserv, Inc. 137. David Morris, Aegion Corporation 138. Lise Poulos, Monster Worldwide
139. Robert Cox, Jr., Emerson Electric Co. 140. Dick Miller, Catlin Group 141. Edmund Glabus, ManTech International Corporation
142. Sheryl Anderson, Starz Entertainment, LLC 143. Andrew Koven, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 144. Douglas Wilson, Batesville Casket Company
145. John Nelson, Employers Holdings, Inc. 146. David Lindsay, Clarcor Inc. 147. Kim Stake, Bowlin Travel Centers, Inc.
148. Patrick Thompson, Jr., Amedisys, Inc. 149. Dennis Winkleman, Joy Global Inc. 150. Matthew Appel, Zale Corporation
151. Bill Nash, CarMax, Inc. 152. Keith Wilson, Constellation Brands, Inc. 153. Laurence Miller, Teleflex Incorporated
154. Alan Marcum, Devon Energy Corporation 155. Paul Campbell, M.A. Mortenson Company 156. John Neary, Credit Acceptance Corporation
157. Roger Thomson, Brinker International, Inc. 158. Dan Hart, Crocs, Inc. 159. Denise Cobb, FSGBank
160. Daniel Moore, Syntel, Inc. 161. Dean Adelman, BlueLinx Holdings Inc. 162. Steven Rogers, Dominion Resources, Inc.
163. Vincent Chiera, Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. 164. Robert Mulligan, Valley National Bank 165. Charles Baldwin, Cabela’s Incorporated
166. Merrill Wall, Western Alliance Bancorp 167. Thomas Stortz, Level 3 Communications, Inc. 168. Leona Gleason, Wintrust Financial Corporation
169. Edward Eng, Whidbey Island Bank 170. Catherine Ngo, Central Pacific Financial Corp. 171. Mark Howard, The Cumberland Gulf Group, Inc.
172. Kevin London, Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. 173. Don Chery, Glacier Bank 174. Patrick Green, Legg Mason Investment Counsel
175. Peter Janzen, Land O’Lakes, Inc. 176. James Flaherty, CardioVascular Systems, Inc. 177. Peggy Denny, Mountain First Bank and Trust
178. Larry Hunter, DIRECTV 179. Andy Bessette, The Travelers Companies, Inc. 180. John Strzemp, Wynn Resorts, Limted
181. Carolyn Burke, Dynegy Inc. 182. Carol Goldman, Centene Corporation 183. Melanie Trent, Rowan Companies, Inc.
184. David Krietzberg, Crexendo 185. Clark Elwood, ITT Educational Services, Inc. 186. Colin Meadows, Invesco Inc.
187. David Dierker, SunTrust Banks, Inc. 188. Brian Short, CDI Corporation 189. Barry Dunaway, The J.M. Smucker Company
190. Thomas Musial, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. 191. Cindi Lewis, Ameris Bank 192. Susan Stinson, Wilmington Trust Corporation
193. James Clymer, OneWest Bank, FSB 194. Joel Benoliel, Costco Wholesale Corporation 195. Mark Kimmel, Harsco Corporation
196. Rick Frisbie, Franklin Templeton Investments 197. William Noonan, Boyd Gaming Corporation 198. Andrew Meslow, Bath & Body Works
199. James Lewis, Black & Veatch Corporation 200. Jeff Schroeder, Goldman Sachs 201. Dennis Szefel, Delaware North Companies, Inc.
202. Michael Coticchia, Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. 203. Virginia Maddock, HSBC Holdings plc 204. Joseph Witt, Old Point National Bank
205. Charlene Celona, Merrill Lynch 206. Jeffrey Smith, Northway Bank 207. Patricia Edwards, EOG Resources, Inc.
208. Betsy Peck, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated 209. Marya Mernitz Rose, Cummins Inc. 210. Ron Taylor, Hy-Vee, Inc.
211. Renee Brooks, South Carolina Bank and Trust 212. Julieanne Martin, Greater Sacramento Bancorp 213. Kelli Hammock, Murphy Oil Corporation
214. Sherri Albinger, Manpower Inc. 215. Peter Giaccio, Lincoln Financial Advisors 216. James Lammers, Dart Container Corporation
217. Umesh Kasbekar, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 218. Todd Clossin, Fifth Third Bancorp 219. Stanley Witkowski, Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
220. Howard Davis, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. 221. John Frese, Baxter International Inc. 222. Karen Lister, Coronado First Bank
223. Marsha Reed, The Walt Disney Company 224. Judi Anderson, United American Bank 225. Douglas Ogura, Allergan, Inc.

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