Entergy Nuclear Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Chris Bakken, Entergy executive vice president and chief nuclear officer announces key positions due to recent retirements
JACKSON, Mississippi – Entergy Corporation has announced several leadership changes for its nuclear business due to retirements. The leaders are based in Jackson, Mississippi, headquarters for the company’s nuclear operations.
“These moves align well with our internal succession plans, talent development strategies and planned retirements,” said Chris Bakken, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Corporation. “We have built a strong pipeline of leaders to assume new assignments while remaining open to limited hiring of senior talent from outside the company for specific roles and fresh perspectives.”
Kimberly Cook-Nelson has been named chief operating officer, overseeing Arkansas Nuclear One, River Bend Station and Palisades Power Plant. Cook-Nelson joined Entergy in 1996 as the general manager of plant operations at Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station. She has held various leadership positions in engineering, maintenance, operations, continuous improvement and nuclear safety, and the corporate organization. She worked two years at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations as an organizational effectiveness leader. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s degree in engineering management and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. She earned her senior reactor license from Waterford 3.
After serving in a two-year assignment with Entergy’s distribution operations in New Orleans, Bill Maguire returns to Entergy Nuclear’s team as a chief operating officer, overseeing Waterford 3, Cooper Nuclear Station and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Maguire has served in leadership roles at several Entergy plants, such as


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