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Thomas R. Miller named Vice President - Treasurer of Cleco Corporation

R. Russell Davis and Jeffrey W. Hall to retire from Cleco Corporation

PINEVILLE, La., May 29, 2012 - Cleco Corporation announces the appointment of Thomas R. Miller as vice president - treasurer.  Miller, currently serving as senior vice president and treasurer of Solar Trust of America, comes to Cleco with 30 years of experience in the financial area including 11 years at Exelon Corp and previous experience with Conoco Phillips.  Miller will report to Darren J. Olagues, senior vice president and chief financial officer.  In addition to treasury operations, Miller also will be responsible for Cleco's investor relations and corporate communications functions.  Miller's appointment is effective July 16.

Cleco also is announcing that R. Russell Davis, senior vice president of external relations and information technology, and Jeffrey W. Hall, senior vice president of governmental affairs and chief diversity officer, have elected to retire later this year.  Effective July 1, both will serve in a special projects capacity reporting to President and CEO Bruce A. Williamson.  Their current responsibilities will be reallocated among other senior vice presidents who report to Williamson.  

"We are excited to welcome someone with Tom's experience and financial capabilities to Cleco," said Williamson.  "Tom's extensive and diverse background in financial organizations of several energy and utility companies will be a great complement to Cleco's financial team."

"Russell and Jeff have made significant contributions to Cleco over the years, and we wish them the very best in their retirement," Williamson said.  "Together they have a combined total of over 60 years of experience in our industry, and I am pleased each has agreed to extend their service to allow for a smooth and effective transition with the new leaders of their functions."

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.  Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts.  Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

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Robbyn Cooper
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