Charles Rice has served as president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., a $750 million electric and gas utility, since June 2010. After his first legal private practice position in Louisiana with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P, Rice joined Entergy in 2000 as senior counsel and then served as manager of labor relations litigation support.
Rice joined New Orleans city government in 2002 as the city attorney and later served as chief administrative officer for the City of New Orleans. In 2005, the law firm of Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. recruited him back to private practice, where he was named partner.
Returning to Entergy in 2009 as utility strategy director, Rice was later named Entergy New Orleans’ regulatory affairs director. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University, a juris doctorate from Loyola University’s School of Law and an MBA from Tulane University. After graduating from Howard University, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as a military intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.