William Cavanaugh III

Definition of 'William Cavanaugh III'


Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (a nuclear power plant safety organization) since 2004 and a former CEO of System Energy Resources, Carolina Power and Light Company, and Progress Energy. Cavanaugh formed Progress Energy, a Fortune 500 energy company, though a merger between Carolina Power and Light and Florida Progress Corporation in 2000. His conservative management strategy helped the company survive deregulation and the Enron scandal of 2001.

Investopedia explains 'William Cavanaugh III'


Cavanaugh III was born in New Orleans in 1939. After earning his bachelor of science degree from Tulane University, he began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1961, where he became lieutenant commander of the navy's nuclear program before moving into the private sector in 1969 with Entergy Corporation.


Filed Under: ,

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Gross Debt Service Ratio - GDS

    A debt service measure that financial lenders use as a rule of thumb to give a preliminary assessment about whether a potential borrower is already in too much debt. Receiving a ratio of less than 30% means that the potential borrower has an acceptable level of debt.
  2. Federal Reserve Note

    The most accurate term used to describe the paper currency (dollar bills) circulated in the United States. These Federal Reserve Notes are printed by the U.S. Treasury at the instruction of the Federal Reserve member banks, who also act as the clearinghouse for local banks that need to increase or reduce their supply of cash on hand.
  3. Benchmark Bond

    A bond that provides a standard against which the performance of other bonds can be measured. Government bonds are almost always used as benchmark bonds. Also referred to as "benchmark issue" or "bellwether issue".
  4. Market Capitalization

    The total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding shares. Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying a company's shares outstanding by the current market price of one share. The investment community uses this figure to determine a company's size, as opposed to sales or total asset figures.
  5. Oil Reserves

    An estimate of the amount of crude oil located in a particular economic region. Oil reserves must have the potential of being extracted under current technological constraints. For example, if oil pools are located at unattainable depths, they would not be considered part of the nation's reserves.
  6. Joint Venture - JV

    A business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task. This task can be a new project or any other business activity. In a joint venture (JV), each of the participants is responsible for profits, losses and costs associated with it.
Trading Center