Oliver D. Kingsley Jr.
Turning Out the Best in Nuclear Power Performance
Inducted in 2004
In a career founded on challenge, Oliver Kingsley has welcomed the chance to take trouble and turn it around. As the nuclear industry’s turnaround champion, he has built a record of dramatic success, demonstrating that high standards, performance rigor, and disciplined implementation are the keystones of sustained excellence.
Oliver Kingsley is president and chief operating officer of the Exelon Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, and president and chief executive officer of Exelon Generation. He directs the operations of Exelon Nuclear, Exelon Power, Exelon Power Team, and Exelon Energy Delivery. Exelon Generation operates a fleet of nuclear, fossil, and hydro stations in six states, with a capacity of 28,000 megawatts plus 12,000 megawatts under contract. Exelon Generation’s nuclear fleet is the largest in the United States and third largest in the world. Exelon Energy Delivery serves the largest electric utility customer base in the U.S. through ComEd in northern Illinois and in southeastern Pennsylvania through PECO Energy.
From October 2000 through February 2002, Mr. Kingsley was president and chief nuclear officer of Exelon Nuclear, which operates 17 reactors representing nearly 20 percent of the U.S. nuclear generation capacity. Exelon Nuclear was created on October 20, 2000, the effective date of the merger of Unicom and PECO. Exelon Nuclear established itself as an industry leader, setting U.S. industry records for plant performance while reducing production costs significantly.
Mr. Kingsley joined Unicom/ComEd in November 1997 as president and chief nuclear officer of its nuclear generation group, then the largest nuclear program in the United States. Under Mr. Kingsley’s leadership, the nuclear generation group made rapid progress in turning around the nation’s most troubled nuclear power program to become a top tier performer.
From 1988 to 1997, Mr. Kingsley served as chief nuclear officer at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which has five nuclear units at three sites. His leadership is largely credited with the turnaround of the TVA nuclear program.
From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Kingsley served as vice president, nuclear operations for Middle South Utilities. From 1971 to 1984, he held various positions in the nuclear area of the Southern Company including plant manager of the Farley Nuclear Plant and director of nuclear support. From 1966 to 1971, he served in the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Force.
Testaments to Mr. Kingsley’s achievements are his industry leadership positions and several honors of highest distinction. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the Council of Advisors of the World Nuclear Association. He serves on the Auburn University Alumni Engineering Council. In June 2000, he was awarded the Walter Zinn Award of the American Nuclear Society, recognizing his leadership in nuclear power. In February 2003, he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, for leadership, technical management skills, and setting standards that have transformed the operation of U.S. nuclear plants. In October 2003, he received the World Association of Nuclear Operators’ Nuclear Excellence Award, in which he was cited for his leadership, which has transformed troubled nuclear power organizations into top performers that sustain excellence.
Mr. Kingsley is a 1966 graduate of Auburn University, where he received a bachelor of science degree with honors in engineering physics. He is a native of Ozark, Alabama. He and his wife, Sally, have four children and four grandchildren.