Curt L. H�rt, Jr., who steps down as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory commission at the end of this month, will join global energy company Entergy Corporation as executive vice president, external affairs on September 1, it was announced today.

H�rt, 38, will succeed Horace S. Webb, who will become president and chief executive officer of the Entergy Charitable Foundation. Webb will continue to advise H�rt during a transition period.

As executive vice president, H�rt will have responsibility for the corporation’s system and federal governmental affairs, system regulatory affairs, communications, and corporate contribution functions. He will serve as a member of the Office of Chief Executive and will report to Entergy’s CEO, J. Wayne Leonard.

“We are fortunate to be adding to Entergy’s senior management someone with Curt H�rt’s remarkable background as a public servant and an electricity regulator at both the federal and state level,” said Leonard. “His breadth of experience and knowledge about our rapidly changing industry will be a tremendous asset. I look forward to Curt’s advice and counsel to me and Entergy’s management as we move forward on the path of industry restructuring.”

A native of Pascagoula, Miss., H�rt was nominated to a Republican seat on FERC by President Clinton in 1997. President Bush elevated him to chairman on January 22. He also is a former chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

FERC is an independent federal commission that, among its duties, regulates the sales of electric power intended for resale and transmission, the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce, the siting and construction of natural gas pipelines, and the licensing and development of private hydroelectric projects on navigable waters. The commission has been active during H�rt’s service as a member and chairman in the restructuring of the electric utility and natural gas pipeline industries to promote competition.

Entergy is a major global energy company with power production, distribution operations, and related diversified services. Entergy owns, manages, or invests in power plants generating more than 30 000 MW of electricity domestically and internationally, and delivers electricity to about 2.6 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Through Entergy-Koch, L.P., it is also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services.