Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced Jan. 29 that A. Christopher “Chris” Bakken III has been named executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for Entergy Corporation, effective April 6.
Bakken replaces Jeff Forbes, who announced his retirement last year. As a member of the Office of the Chief Executive, Bakken will report to Leo Denault, chairman and CEO, and he will be based at Entergy’s nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.
In his new leadership role, Bakken is responsible for executive oversight of the safe, secure and reliable operation of Entergy’s nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the company’s management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District. Bakken will also be responsible for building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders, while becoming an engaged company representative to the industry.
Bakken’s 30-year career began in 1982 as a test engineer at Duquesne Light Company, where he spent nine years in the control room as a licensed senior reactor operator. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations for both domestic and global companies including American Electric Power, Public Service Enterprise Group, British Energy and EDF Energy.
Prior to the role at Entergy, since 2011 Bakken has been executive director, EDF Energy Nuclear New Build and Project Director for Hinkley Point C based in London. In that role he was responsible for leading the design, licensing, procurement, construction and commissioning of the £18bn ($25.8bn at today’s exchange rate) dual-unit EPR at Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear new-build project in the United Kingdom in 20 years. He joined the company in 2009 as director of operations, safety and licensing.
He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and a master’s in industrial administration with distinction from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society. He earned a senior reactor operator’s license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1986 for Beaver Valley Unit 1.
Tim Mitchell, currently Entergy’s acting CNO, returns to his senior vice president role responsible for the nuclear facilities and remains based in Jackson.