We’d like you to meet some of our leadership team. These five individuals have more than 150 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, Entergy Nuclear - NY, MA, MI
John Ventosa was named Site Vice President for Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in December 2011.
Mr. Ventosa joined Indian Point in 1991 as a system engineer for Con Edison, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility.
Following Entergy’s purchase of Indian Point Unit 2 from Con Edison in 2001, Ventosa held a variety of roles including operations manager at IPEC, and assisted in combining units 2 and 3 into a single-site operation.
More recently, Ventosa was general manager, engineering for the Entergy Nuclear northeast fleet of plant and vice president, operations support for the Entergy Nuclear fleet. In that position he was instrumental in establishing an engineering pipeline and providing standardization to the engineering organization.
Mr. Ventosa is certified on both boiling water and pressurized water reactors, and prior to joining Entergy, held positions in training, maintenance and operations support.
Prior to joining Indian Point, he worked with General Public Utilities Nuclear Corporation at Oyster Creek. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and a master of business administration degree from Monmouth College.
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.