Cleco names Mark Kleehammer as General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer
Published 5:30 am Thursday, June 22, 2023
June 21, 2023 – Pineville, La. – 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
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.”