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Christopher "Chris" Bakken III is executive vice president of nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer of Entergy Corporation, where he is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable operations of Entergy’s four nuclear plants and five reactors located in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Entergy Nuclear is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.
As an Entergy officer, Bakken is engaged in building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders and serves as an engaged company representative with various stakeholders. Two additional focus areas for Bakken are the diversity, inclusion and belonging of team members across the company and working with the region’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Prior to joining Entergy in 2016, Bakken served as executive director of nuclear new build projects and Hinkley Point C project director for EDF Energy in London. He was responsible for leading the design, licensing, procurement, construction and commissioning of the dual unit European pressurized reactor at Hinkley Point C, the first new-build project in the United Kingdom in 20 years. He joined that company in 2009 as director of operations, safety and licensing.
He held leadership positions at Public Service Enterprise Group from 2003-2009, including senior vice president for site operations, president and chief nuclear officer, and senior vice president for power transition. From 1995-1999, he worked for PSEG as a manager and director of operations, before becoming a plant manager for Salem Generating Station. Under his leadership, the plant achieved maximum regulatory score in operations and support and set a new world record for continuous operation for Salem Unit 1.
Bakken began his 40-year nuclear career 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. He went on to earn a senior reactor operator’s license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1986 for Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1.
He has a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Grove City College.
Entergy, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in New Orleans, powers life for 3 million customers through its operating companies across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy is creating a cleaner, more resilient energy future for everyone with our diverse power generation portfolio, including increasingly carbon-free energy sources. With roots in the Gulf South region for more than a century, Entergy is a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, delivering more than $100 million in economic benefits to local communities through philanthropy and advocacy efforts annually over the last several years. Our approximately 12,000 employees are dedicated to powering life today and for future generations.
Updated August 2022