2002 Distinguished Service Award: Donald Hintz

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Donald C. HintzDonald C. Hintz
Entergy Corporation
BSCBE ’66, BSNS ’66

During his 13-year career with Entergy Corporation, Donald Hintz could say he’s gained a good deal of power. As company president, he is responsible for Entergy’s 73 gas-fired power plants, 10 nuclear power plants, six coal-fired plants, 18,000 miles of transmission lines, and developing and constructing power plants worldwide.

His career began with 1966 bachelor’s degrees in both chemical engineering and naval science at UW-Madison. After five years in the U.S. Navy, Hintz joined the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, and served at its Kewaunee plant, eventually rising to senior vice president of power production — a position in which he was responsible for all of the company’s power generation.

In 1989, Hintz became executive vice president and chief operating officer of Entergy’s nuclear company; three years later, he took charge of Entergy Corporation’s nuclear program as president and chief executive officer. In addition to his current role, Hintz has held positions on the boards of directors of Entergy subsidiaries and is a director on the Entergy Charitable Foundation Board.

He has been active in Habitat for Humanity and also has participated in Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Walk to Cure Diabetes events.

A native of Wausau, Wisconsin, Hintz received the American Nuclear Society’s 1995 Utility Leadership Award and serves on the boards of directors of ANS, the Nuclear Energy Institute, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Southeastern Electric Exchange, and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. His educational experiences also include the University of Michigan’s Utility Executive Program and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. With his wife, Arlene Hack, Hintz enjoys flying, boating, bicycling and travel.