We’d like you to meet some of our leadership team. These five individuals have more than 150 years of combined energy experience, the vast majority of which is in the nuclear industry.
Entergy has a well-earned reputation of hiring excellent individuals to run its facilities. The leaders listed here are just a few of them.
Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Jeff S. Forbes was named executive vice president, nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear effective Jan. 2, 2013. He is responsible for Entergy’s nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the company’s management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District.
Previously, Forbes served as senior vice president of nuclear operations at Entergy Nuclear since August 2011, overseeing the daily operations of Entergy’s 11 nuclear units. He also directed regional operations for Entergy’s nuclear plants in the South and served as vice president of operations at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss.
Before joining Entergy in August 2003, Forbes worked as senior vice president with the Nuclear Management Company. He had full responsibility of company boiling water reactor operations at Duane Arnold Energy Center and Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. Forbes started his career at NMC in 2001 as general manager at Monticello and was promoted to vice president within two months.
Forbes began his nuclear career in 1978 as an operations engineer at Duke Energy Corp.’s Oconee Nuclear Station. During his 11-year tenure at the plant, he served as general manager, performance engineer manager, outage manager and maintenance manager. In 1989, Forbes moved to Catawba Nuclear Station as a technical service manager. Two years later, he was named site engineering manager.
When he returned to Oconee Nuclear as general manager in 1998, he helped significantly improve plant operating performance, including achieving plant operating records in capacity factor and reduced reactor trips.
Forbes received his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State University. He holds a reactor operator’s license, a senior reactor operator’s license and a professional engineer license. He completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in October 2007.
Site Vice President, Indian Point Energy Center
John Ventosa was named Site Vice President for Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in December 2011.
Mr. Ventosa joined Indian Point in 1991 as a system engineer for Con Edison, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility.
Following Entergy’s purchase of Indian Point Unit 2 from Con Edison in 2001, Ventosa held a variety of roles including operations manager at IPEC, and assisted in combining units 2 and 3 into a single-site operation.
More recently, Ventosa was general manager, engineering for the Entergy Nuclear northeast fleet of plant and vice president, operations support for the Entergy Nuclear fleet. In that position he was instrumental in establishing an engineering pipeline and providing standardization to the engineering organization.
Mr. Ventosa is certified on both boiling water and pressurized water reactors, and prior to joining Entergy, held positions in training, maintenance and operations support.
Prior to joining Indian Point, he worked with General Public Utilities Nuclear Corporation at Oyster Creek. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and a master of business administration degree from Monmouth College.
General Manager, Plant Operations, Indian Point Energy Center
John Dinelli was named General Manager, Plant Operations for Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in June 2013. Dinelli had served as IPEC’s Manager, Operations since April 2010.
Dinelli is a 22-year veteran of the nuclear industry beginning his career with the New York Power Authority at Indian Point 3 in 1991, when he was hired in Operations as a shift technical advisor. Dinelli first arrived at Indian Point 3 in 1989 as a college engineering intern.
He received his Senior Reactor Operator license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1996, before moving on to become a control room supervisor and then a shift manager in 2001.
In 2005, Dinelli was appointed the assistant operations manager at Unit 3. He has also held leadership positions in maintenance during his career.
Dinelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. He is a native of the Bronx and is a life-long New York resident.