People: Cleco Corp (CNL.N)
Mr. William H. Walker Jr., is Independent Director of Cleco Corp. Mr. Walker is retired, was the president and a director of Howard Weil, Inc. (“Howard Weil”), an investment banking firm, for more than five years before retiring in 2005. Mr. Walker is director of Cleco in 1996. He is chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance and Nominating/Governance Committees. Mr. Walker is a 1967 graduate of Mississippi State University. He has a variety of experience, including a background in sales and systems engineering with International Business Machines Corporation, as well as service in the United States Army, where he was an officer in the Adjutant General’s Corps and a teacher at the Army War College. Mr. Walker began his career in the securities business in New York in 1972. He has since been in many aspects of the securities business, including sales, trading, research and investment banking with respect to both debt- and equity-related instruments. Mr. Walker joined Howard Weil in 1976 and was named president in 1990.
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