Chris Levesque joined TerraPower as president in 2015 and assumed the role of chief executive officer in 2018. He also serves on the company’s Board of Managers and the board of the Nuclear Energy Institute. He brings over 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including senior leadership roles for two large new build reactor projects in Finland and South Carolina.
His extensive experience and dedication to the nuclear industry has helped TerraPower build a vital bridge between nuclear innovation and project execution while reinforcing the company’s emphasis on safety culture. His proven track record in scoping, planning and implementing projects to meet the highest standards began with his Naval service and continues through his leadership of major nuclear engineering, procurement and construction projects.
Prior to joining TerraPower, Levesque served as a vice president at Westinghouse Electric Company where he directed a consortium project for one of America’s first new reactor construction efforts in several decades. He was the AREVA deputy project director at Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear project, the largest-ever industrial project in northern Europe. Before his assignment in Finland, he led the formation of AREVA’s joint venture with Newport News Shipbuilding, AREVA Newport News, for which he served as chairman of the Board and president.
Levesque has extensive experience with the nuclear industrial base and nuclear component manufacturing. Earlier in his career, Levesque served as the manager of engineering and manufacturing at Westinghouse’s Newington, N.H., component manufacturing facility, and he has served in multiple management positions at two nuclear-capable shipyards. Levesque began his career as a nuclear submarine officer and he qualified as chief engineer on the USS Boise (SSN 764).
Levesque holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and naval engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.