Christian Blessing has more than 30 years of global business development experience in the nuclear industry. He has expertise in market entry, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and management of key stakeholders. At TerraPower, Blessing leads the creation of new business opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining TerraPower, he worked for 10 years with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, LLC, where he held a progression of business development and strategy roles. In a game-changing move, Hitachi-GE acquired Horizon Nuclear Power in the United Kingdom in 2012; Blessing played an instrumental role in launching and leading this landmark acquisition. As a result of the £696 million acquisition, Hitachi-GE began working to deploy two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors in the United Kingdom.
Blessing also led business development activities for Hitachi-GE’s Europe, Africa and Middle East nuclear new build programs. During a special assignment to Hitachi-GE’s Düsseldorf, Germany, offices, Blessing was a key member of the sales and project negotiating teams for nuclear new build projects in the United Arab Emirates, Lithuania and South Africa.
Prior to his European assignment, Blessing was Hitachi-GE’s U.S. sales lead, negotiating contracts for Exelon’s Victoria County, Texas, project and NRG’s South Texas Project.
Blessing started his career with Holtec International, a supplier of spent nuclear fuel storage products and services. There, he advanced from marketing positions to vice president, business development. Blessing led Holtec’s sales and marketing activities during his tenure; the business deals and strategic relationships he initiated contributed to the company’s steady growth from a fledgling startup into a respected industry leader with annual sales of over $100 million. Blessing worked with Holtec for more than 18 years.
Blessing is a member of the American Nuclear Society and a graduate of the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, holding a Bachelor of Arts in economics.