WASHINGTON, D.C.—Oliver Kingsley Jr., a highly respected and extremely successful industry leader who capped his change-agent career guiding the company that operates the largest number of U.S. nuclear power plants, was honored today with the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. The award, announced at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s annual conference, is given by the organizations representing the businesses and professionals involved in commercial nuclear technologies in recognition of statesmanlike contributions to the many aspects of the field.
The award was presented by Thomas Sanders, president of the American Nuclear Society, who said, “Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Kingsley has exemplified the definition of a statesman as one who successfully bridges the gap between a company’s past experience and his clear vision for future excellence. He is one of the most respected and effective leaders in the nuclear industry who well deserves this honor.”
Marvin Fertel, NEI’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Oliver is a giant of our industry whose legacy as a deliverer of excellence in plant operations has been proven time and again in multiple setting and circumstances. He’s been a driving force in the overall success of today’s nuclear plants as well as a catalyst and visionary for new plants.”
Kingsley is a member of the board of directors of McDermott International and FPL Group. He retired in 2004 as president and CEO of Exelon Corp., where he was instrumental in implementing the merger between Commonwealth Edison, PECO and AmerGen that resulted in Exelon becoming the nation’s largest nuclear plant operator, with 17 reactors in three states. His prowess at developing programs to achieve and sustain operational excellence was evidenced by vast improvements in reactor operations first at the Tennessee Valley Authority and later with Exelon.
“I am honored to receive the Henry DeWolf Smyth Statesman Award and am grateful to the American Nuclear Society and NEI for recognizing me. Around a decade ago, I told a member of the media that the nuclear industry was about to experience a renaissance. This is occurring worldwide,” Kingsley said.
“I’ll express my current wish and vision for the United States commercial nuclear industry as follows: Political football is not appropriate or productive with an industry which is low cost, environmentally clean, safely operated and very well managed.”
The Smyth Award was established in 1972 by ANS and NEI. The award is named for Henry DeWolf Smyth, who chaired Princeton University’s physics department. He served on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1949-54 and was appointed by President Kennedy as the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency with the rank of ambassador until 1970. Smyth also advocated an international partnership to develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy.