John W. (Bill) Pitesa Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Bill Pitesa is senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the largest regulated nuclear generation fleet in the U.S. Previously, Pitesa served as the company’s senior vice president of nuclear operations. In that role, he provided oversight for the safe and reliable operation of two Duke Energy-operated nuclear plants – Brunswick near Southport, N.C., and Robinson near Hartsville, S.C.
Pitesa has 35 years of experience in the nuclear field. He joined the company in 1980 as an engineer at McGuire Nuclear Station. He was named senior reactor operator in 1986, and in 1992, served two years as a loaned employee to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Pitesa returned to the McGuire plant in 1995 as an independent oversight manager. In 2000, he moved to Catawba Nuclear Station and, after a series of promotions, was named as the operations manager in 2004 and then station manager in 2005. In 2009, Pitesa was named Duke Energy’s vice president of nuclear support. He was responsible for corporate nuclear engineering, major projects, licensing and regulatory support, fleet outage management and other plant support functions.
Pitesa was named senior vice president of nuclear operations for Oconee Nuclear Station in January 2010, and assumed the additional responsibility for the Catawba and McGuire nuclear stations in December 2010. He was named senior vice president of nuclear operations following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012. He assumed his current position in March 2013.
In support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), Pitesa has served on nuclear plant review teams in the United States, Korea, France, South Africa and Ukraine. In 2014, he was named executive sponsor of the Materials Action Plan Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute. In 2015, Pitesa was named executive sponsor of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Industry Flooding and Industry Subsequent License Renewal. He is currently a member of NEI’s Fukushima Response Steering Committee and Supplier Advisory Committee.
Pitesa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Pitesa is married to the former Cindy Gray of Jackson, Miss.
Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.