Entergy names chief nuclear officer _lowres

A. Christopher Bakken III, Entergy

Entergy Corp. has named A. Christopher Bakken III as executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for the New Orleans-based utility giant.

Bakken succeeds Jeff Forbes, who announced his retirement last year. Bakken will be based at Entergy’s nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.

In his new role, which he assumes in April, Bakken will be responsible for overseeing operations of Entergy’s nuclear plants located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Michigan, as well as the company’s management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District.

“At a time when the nuclear business is experiencing a transformation, Chris has the unique combination of skills required to help manage us back to a best-in-class organization,” Entergy Chairman and CEO Leo Denault said. “Chris has a proven track record as a global business executive equipped with the necessary technical expertise and demonstrated ability to effectively rebuild organizations to perform at a sustained level of operational excellence.”