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 senior vice president of nuclear operations for Duke Energy. 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 more than 30 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 McGuire Nuclear Station in 1995 as an independent oversight manager and later moved to the corporate office as the nuclear operating experience manager. In 2000, he moved to Catawba Nuclear Station as an engineering supervisor. After a series of promotions, including operations training manager and training manager, Pitesa was named as the station’s operations manager in 2004 and station manager of Catawba Nuclear Station in 2005. In 2009, Pitesa was named vice president of nuclear support for Duke Energy. 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 Catawba and McGuire nuclear stations in December 2010. He was named senior vice president of nuclear operations following the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012. He assumed his current position in March 2013.
Pitesa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina.
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.
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.