WHITE PLAINS, NY: Energy company Entergy has brought on Andy Katell, former SVP of comms for GE Energy Financial Services, as VP of communications for its northern US nuclear power business.
Katell started in the role last month, based in the company’s White Plains, New York, office. He is reporting to Entergy group VP of corporate communications Necole Merritt and is working closely with Mark Sullivan, director of communications for Entergy’s nuclear group, who is based in Jackson, Mississippi.
Katell is leading a communications team at the headquarters of Entergy’s wholesale commodities division in White Plains, as well as at power plants in New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont. He oversees seven employees.
He is focusing on strengthening Entergy’s engagement with stakeholders to mitigate risk, optimize the value of its assets, and achieve business objectives, the company said in a statement.
Katell said his main objective is to strengthen support for Entergy’s nuclear power plant.
"There is already a lot of support, but there is also criticism which is not based on facts," he said."Entergy is carrying out tremendous initiatives [to highlight its safety and security efforts] and has a good track record. I consider it one of my primary jobs to tell that story."
Most recently, Katell was comms SVP at GE Energy Financial Services, the company’s energy investing business, for 10 years. He led communications for the company’s equity investments in power projects in that role. Katell departed GE in October, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Jaclyn Cole, communications specialist at GE Energy Financial Services, has taken over Katell’s responsibilities in the interim. She could not confirm whether the company will assign a permanent replacement to the role and declined to comment on Katell’s departure.
Before that, he worked at FleishmanHillard as an SVP for 10 years, according to a statement from Entergy. Katell started his career as a national broadcast writer at the Associated Press, with subsequent jobs at the wire service over 14 years as a broadcast and print correspondent and editor at news bureaus at the United Nations and in Moscow and Charleston, West Virginia.
This story was updated at 4:22pm ET with comment from Katell.