We’d like you to meet some of our leadership team. These individuals have many years of combined energy experience, the vast majority of which is in the nuclear industry.
Entergy has a well-earned reputation of hiring excellent individuals to run its facilities. The leaders listed here are just a few of them.
Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
A. Christopher “Chris” Bakken III is executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for Entergy Corporation. Bakken is responsible for executive oversight of the safe, secure and reliable operation of Entergy’s nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the safe decommissioning of Entergy’s nuclear plant in Vermont, and the company’s management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District.
Prior to Entergy, Bakken served as executive director for 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 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.
Bakken previously served as chief nuclear officer, Region 1, for British Energy, where he reported to the CEO and was a member of the British Energy Generation Limited Board of Directors. From 2003-2005, Bakken held positions at PSEG as senior vice president, site operations, president and chief nuclear officer, and senior vice president, 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 record for continuous operation for Salem Unit 1.
Bakken’s 30-year career includes numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations leadership for both domestic and global companies including American Electric Power, where from 1999 to 2003, he served as a site vice president for D.C. Cook, and senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. While there, he successfully led the effort to recover two Cook units from extended regulatory shutdown.
Bakken earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree 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.
Chief Operating Officer, North
Chris Costanzo is the chief operating officer, North at Entergy Nuclear, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. He is responsible for Indian Point and Pilgrim with the site vice presidents for those plants reporting directly to him.
Costanzo joined Entergy from NextEra Energy where he was most recently the site vice president at St. Lucie Nuclear Power plant in Florida. In this role, Costanzo led a successful recovery and operational plan that positioned the plant to an “Excellent” rating.
Prior to joining NextEra in 2015, Costanzo held several key leadership roles in operations and senior management at Constellation Entergy’s Nine Mile Point and Calvert Cliffs. He also held assignments at Duane Arnold Energy Center and Peach Bottom.
Costanzo served in the U.S. Navy as a first class machinist mate and is a graduate of Naval Power School where he also served as a training instructor.
Site Vice President, Indian Point Energy Center
Tony Vitale was named Site Vice President for Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in August 2016. Vitale had served as the Site Vice President for Palisades Nuclear Plant in Covert, Michigan since July 2011.
Vitale is a 35-year veteran of the power industry beginning his career with Delmarva Power and Light Company at Indian River Power Station. He began his career in the nuclear industry when he joined the New York Power Authority at Indian Point 3 in 1983, when he was hired in Maintenance as a planner and engineer. He served as a supervisor and then manager in Maintenance prior to being named Operations Manager in 2003.
He received his Senior Reactor Operator certification in 1998.
In 2007, Vitale was appointed General Manager, Plant Operations for Indian Point Energy Center.
Vitale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He also completed Entergy’s executive training program in 2004 and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators’ Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course in 2005.
General Manager, Plant Operations, Indian Point Energy Center
John Kirkpatrick was named General Manager, Plant Operations in April, 2016. Prior to his current role, Kirkpatrick had served Director, Regulatory Assurance and Performance Improvement for Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center since November 2013.
Kirkpatrick is a 31-year veteran of the nuclear industry has served in various capacities including Training Manager, Maintenance Manager, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Functional Area Manager for Outages and Maintenance, and Protection Services Manager. He has held these positions in the Dominion, Next Era and Entergy fleets.
He received his Senior Reactor Operator certification while working at Turkey Point Nuclear Plant and holds a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College.
In 2010, Kirkpatrick joined Entergy and Indian Point as the Maintenance Manager where he was responsible for all of the station’s maintenance organization including dry cask, wet fuel transfer operations and the construction labor force.