Roderick WestRod 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
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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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.”
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.|