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David Christian

David Christian
Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Dominion Energy


David A. Christian is executive vice president and chief innovation officer.

He works across business units to foster innovation, creativity and development in Dominion Energy’s people, processes and strategies.

Christian joined Virginia Power in 1976 and has held a variety of management positions with the company. Before being named CEO-Dominion Generation Group in June 2009, Christian was chief nuclear officer of the company’s Dominion Nuclear business unit. He became chief executive officer of the Energy Infrastructure Group and CEO-Dominion Virginia Power in January 2016 and assumed his current post in January 2017.

He is chairman of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board and serves on the management committee of the Institute for Electric Innovation at the Edison Electric Institute. He is past chairman of the board of directors of Nuclear Energy Insurance Ltd., for which he also served on its executive and governance committees. He is a board member of the Foundation for Nuclear Studies and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, and board member emeritus of CultureWorks. He also is a member of the Committee of 100 at Virginia Tech and serves on the advisory boards for the College of Engineering at both Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he is a member of the Boy Scouts of America executive board and chair of the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

Christian has a degree in mechanical engineering, with an option in nuclear science & engineering, from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett College. He graduated in 1990 from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations senior plant management course and completed the Executive Program of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.