CarterBaldwin Executive Search is honored to partner again with X-Energy in the appointment of veteran nuclear construction and project management senior executive Thomas Nixon as senior vice president of commercial operations for the Maryland-based nuclear reactor and fuel design engineering company. Tom will serve as a member of the executive leadership team and oversee engineering, licensing, training, and construction activities for X-energy’s Xe-100 advanced small modular reactor, including its first deployment at one of Dow’s U.S. Gulf Coast sites.
Tom joins X-energy from Google, where he led its global data center expansion strategy as Senior Technical Program Manager for Data Center Strategic Initiatives. He previously served in various roles at Bechtel Corporation for more than 30 years, beginning as a civil engineer and followed by leadership roles on several major projects. At Bechtel, Nixon was responsible for directing and delivering some of the most visible and critical nuclear construction projects in recent history.
Tom began his career working as a civil engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation designing bridge and highway builds and improvements for the state.
A licensed professional engineer, Tom earned his BS in civil engineering from Michigan State University.
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X-Energy Reactor Company, LLC, is a leading developer of advanced small modular nuclear reactors and fuel technology for clean energy generation that is redefining the nuclear energy industry through its development of safer and more efficient advanced small modular nuclear reactors and proprietary fuel to deliver reliable, zero-carbon and affordable energy to people around the world. X-energy’s simplified, modular and intrinsically safe SMR design expands applications and markets for deployment of nuclear technology and drives enhanced safety, lower cost and faster construction timelines when compared with conventional nuclear.