Steve Kuczynski is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Nuclear, located in Birmingham, Ala. In this role, he is responsible for all operations of Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors at plants Farley, Hatch and Vogtle. He is also responsible for new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 near Augusta, Ga. He was elected chairman, president and CEO, effective July 11, 2011.
Kuczynski has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Most recently he was the senior vice president of Exelon Nuclear’s Midwest Operations. In that role, Kuczynski had oversight of all operational functions for Exelon Nuclear’s six Illinois operating facilities and 11 reactors. Prior to that role, Kuczynski was the senior vice president of operations support in which he was responsible for the performance of outage services, training, emergency preparedness, security, chemistry, radiation protection, operations, maintenance, work control and industrial safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet.
Kuczynski holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He earned a senior reactor operator license from the NRC. He is a member of the executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, where he also serves as chair of the Audit, Advanced Reactor Working Group and New Plant advisory committees. Kuczynski is on NEI’s Foundation for Nuclear Studies board and the Nuclear Matters executive committee. In addition, Kuczynski is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Operations National Nuclear Accrediting Board. He serves on the advisory boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program and the Fluoride High Temperature Reactor Program as well as the Holtec International SMR advisory council. He also serves on the advisory committee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, the Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear and the advisory board for Terrestrial Power Industry. Kuczynski received the Special Achievement Award from the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council and the Presidential Citation from the American Nuclear Society.