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Cleco names Mark Kleehammer as General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer

Mark Kleehammer
Jun 21, 2023
Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC (Cleco) announces Mark Kleehammer as General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer effective June 26, 2023.

Kleehammer will be responsible for leading Cleco’s legal and regulatory affairs and providing strategic input on the company’s vision.

“With an impressive track record in the energy industry, and extensive expertise in Louisiana’s legal and regulatory affairs, Mark will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our executive team and company,” said Bill Fontenot, Cleco president and CEO.

For the past 25 years, Kleehammer has served in roles with increasing responsibility for Entergy Corporation, including vice president of regulatory and public affairs, vice president of business development services, vice president of gas distribution, and various regulatory, strategic planning and finance roles before assuming his most recent position as vice president, commercial & industrial journey and products. Prior to joining Entergy, Kleehammer worked at the Chicago Board of Trade and in New York in the commodities industry.

Kleehammer earned his Juris Doctor and MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans and holds a bachelor's degree in economics and management from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

“I’m eager to continue work in the Louisiana utility space with a company rich in our state’s history,” said Kleehammer. “And I’m excited to join Cleco as they embark on new initiatives aimed at expanding their renewable energy portfolio and driving the transition to a cleaner Louisiana.”

Kleehammer replaces Cleco’s current Chief Corporate Development & Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Bill Conway, whose three-year contract comes to a close in July.

“Conway has been an invaluable asset to our organization, consistently guiding us towards success and inspiring us to push boundaries,” said Fontenot. “We wish him well in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to Cleco.”