May 29, 2015
Entergy Corp. Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Rod West (L ’93, B ’05) is among featured speakers at TEDxNewOrleans, a day-long forum set for June 9.
Photo by Digital Roux Photography
Tulane Law School Hall of Famer Rod West (L ’93, B ’05), executive vice president of Entergy Corp., has both personal insight and big-picture perspective about Hurricane Katrina, the event whose post-storm flooding devastated and reshaped New Orleans almost 10 years ago.
Having led the restoration of the city’s electric infrastructure, West has a unique story to tell as part of TEDxNewOrleans, a day-long event June 9 examining the area’s recovery and resilience.
The forum is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but livestream viewing is available to the public at two locations: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to watch at the New Orleans Business Alliance, 935 Gravier St., Suite 2020, or to email@example.com to watch at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave.
When damage overtook the city in August 2005, West had recently completed a Tulane MBA and was Entergy’s New Orleans regional director, responsible for the city’s electric infrastructure. In the immediate aftermath, he oversaw the team that stored power and undertook a $600 million reconstruction. Promoted to president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans in 2007, he led the division out of bankruptcy.
Now as Entergy Corp.’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, West is responsible for a broad range of functions, including finance operations, supply chain, business processes, administrative services, information technology, human resources and administration, federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs and corporate communications.
He joined Entergy in 1999 as senior regulatory counsel after having practiced with Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox and Jones Walker.
He was inducted into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame in March 2015.