Renae Conley joined the Foundation Board in 2012
E. Renae Conley was named executive vice president of human resources and administration for Entergy in January 2011. Additionally, she is the chief diversity and inclusion officer and a member of the office of the chief executive.
She had previously served as president and chief executive officer of Entergy’s Louisiana utilities between 2000 and 2010. Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC, together serve over 1 million customers, and comprise the largest electric utility in the state.
During her tenure running Entergy’s Louisiana utilities, she was responsible for the companies’ electric transmission and distribution systems, customer service, regulatory and governmental affairs, and economic development programs, as well as the companies’ financial performance.
Conley joined Entergy Corporation in 1999 as vice president of investor relations, where she was responsible for linking Entergy’s strategic vision with the financial expectations of Wall Street.
Her professional career includes a long list of leadership roles in the electric utility industry. She served as president of Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corp., and as president and chief executive officer of Cadence, a joint venture of Cinergy, New Century Energies, and Florida Progress. At Cinergy, she also was vice president of sales and general manager of corporate communications and investor relations. Her wide background includes work in customer service, accounting, treasury, and investor relations for PSI Energy. In 2004, she was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Key Woman in Energy in the Americas, a national honor bestowed on female executives for their contributions to the industry.
In addition to leading the restoration efforts for the Entergy Louisiana utilities and in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Conley was tapped to serve on the board of directors for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. She also led the restoration effort after the back-to-back strikes of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which caused more than 830,000 outages to Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana customers. This was the fastest and safest restoration in company history.
A respected business leader and advocate for education, Conley serves on the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Ball State University Foundation, Ball State University Miller College of Business Advisory Board, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), and LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.
Conley earned an MBA from Ball State in 1982 as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1980.
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