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.
Previously, Kuczynski worked at Byron Station. He joined the Byron team in 1999 and held manager positions in nuclear oversight and maintenance before becoming plant manager in 2001. He was named Byron site vice president in 2003. Kuczynski also worked at Exelon’s Dresden Station from 1984- 99. During that time, he played an integral part in the successful improvement effort to have the site removed from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Watchlist.
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 (SRO) license from the NRC.
He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, where he also serves on the Fukushima response, audit and Nuclear Matters executive committees. Kuczynski also is on NEI’s Foundation for Nuclear Studies board and part of the advanced reactor working group.
In addition, Kuczynski is a member of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He also serves on the advisory board of the nuclear and radiological engineering program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and on the Holtec International advisory council.