WASHINGTON—The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) today announced an organizational restructuring that provides greater focus to the organization on issues of key policy development.
The new organizational structure will be effective Oct. 1.
“This restructuring will enhance NEI’s effectiveness in our key areas through better alignment of responsibility across the NEI divisions,” said Frank L. (Skip) Bowman, NEI president and chief executive officer. “The new alignment strengthens our organization and provides better definition for the roles of our senior management team.
“I have spent my first seven months at NEI closely assessing the Institute’s organizational structure to determine the strengths of the organization and how those strengths could be fully utilized for the industry,” Bowman added. “We’ve involved key industry stakeholders throughout this process so that we are best prepared to meet the industry’s policy needs and the country’s energy challenges in the coming years.”
A task force comprised of members of the NEI Programs and Resources Committee aided in NEI’s review of staffing levels and expertise, and validated the proposed reorganization. The new NEI organizational structure is outlined in the attached chart.
John E. Kane, senior vice president for governmental affairs, announced his retirement from NEI on Sept. 20. Kane’s retirement is effective on or before April 30, 2006, and NEI will begin an executive search to fill this key position. He will continue to lead the NEI governmental affairs activities until his successor is found. In addition, NEI has restructured the Governmental Affairs division to integrate federal, state and local government affairs and coalition-building under a single senior executive.
Angelina S. Howard, the senior officer previously responsible for member relations and external affairs, will be vice president in the Office of the President and executive advisor to Bowman. Howard will use her extensive relationships within the industry and with policymakers to direct efforts that will more fully focus NEI coordination with affiliated industry organizations, other Washington-based associations and NEI’s international members.
The member relations activities will be directed by Phyllis M. Rich, vice president for Member Relations and Corporate Services and treasurer at NEI. Richard J. Myers, executive director and special assistant to the president, will direct policy analysis, including economic and environmental policy areas that were part of the Members Relations and External Affairs division.
The NEI alignment also includes a new position of vice president for used nuclear fuel management, which will report to Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Marvin S. Fertel. This position will increase the industry’s effectiveness in implementing policy in the myriad issues related to used nuclear fuel management.
“This alignment provides greater focus on the key policy development issues that NEI manages for the industry,” Bowman said. “It positions NEI to accomplish the broad range of responsibilities and take advantage of the tremendous opportunity for growth in the nuclear energy sector.”
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.