John R. McGaha was named chief operating officer for Enexus Energy, Inc. in December 2007. Reporting to McGaha are two vice presidents and a director who are responsible for new business development and for operational oversight of six nuclear generating stations in the unregulated commercial electricity market and one in the regulated market. Enexus Energy, Inc. is a new entity that will become effective in 2009.
McGaha has nearly 30 years of experience with Entergy's nuclear program. He started his Entergy career in 1978 at the Waterford 3 plant in Taft, La., near New Orleans, advancing to the position of general manager of plant operations.
McGaha was promoted to vice president of operations support for Entergy Nuclear South in 1991, coordinating support services for all the nuclear units at the company's nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Concurrent with Entergy's December 1993 merger with Gulf States Utilities, McGaha was named vice president of River Bend Station in St. Francisville, La., where performance in most industry indicators was lagging. Under McGaha's leadership, the plant was integrated into Entergy Nuclear South, and major improvement plans were developed and implemented that set the plant on an impressive improvement trend.
McGaha was promoted in September 1998 to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Entergy Nuclear South, and since 2000, McGaha served as president of Entergy Nuclear South with responsibility for five nuclear units at four plant sites in Entergy's retail electric service area: two-units at Arkansas Nuclear One and single units at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, River Bend Station and Waterford 3. He also was responsible for fleet alignment, a major change to the nuclear business model for 11 nuclear plants located at nine different sites across the United States.
McGaha is an active participant in nuclear industry initiatives that contribute to continuous improvement and excellence. He has multiple current and past roles on executive committees, advisory councils and working groups of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the American Nuclear Society. He has served as a board member for the American Nuclear Society since June, 2008.
Before joining Entergy, McGaha was an electrical design engineer for Brown & Root, Inc. for three years, and he served in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine program for five years. In 1994, he retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of captain.
McGaha is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He has completed Harvard University's Advanced Management Program, is a registered professional engineer and received his senior reactor operator management certification at the Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station. McGaha was elected to the board of advisors for the Tulane School of Engineering on July 1, 2003 and was elected to the board of advisors for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering on June 30, 2006.
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