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Nuclear Energy Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2009
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NEI Elects Rich Senior Vice President/CFO, Marion to Vice President Nuclear Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute today announced two promotions within its executive leadership team.

Phyllis M. Rich was elected by the NEI Executive Committee to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer and Alexander Marion to the position of vice president for nuclear operations, effective Feb. 11.

In her new NEI position, Rich will continue her current responsibilities as corporate treasurer and management of NEI’s member relations division, including financial management, human resources, employee training and development, information technology, facilities management and industry conferences and workshops. She also will serve as a direct advisor to the NEI Executive Committee on employee culture and organizational effectiveness.

“Phyllis has significant management responsibility within NEI on a broad spectrum of issues,” said Marvin S. Fertel, NEI president and chief executive officer. “Among these issues, she has led our organization’s work to stabilize the NEI budget and other financial assets during this difficult economic climate.

“Phyllis brings experience in the regulatory process, an association business and management background and extensive knowledge of the nuclear energy industry which allows her to provide strategic advice and counsel to NEI’s senior management team,” Fertel said.

Rich has held senior management positions during her 15-year tenure at NEI and was director of strategic planning for the Nuclear Management and Resources Council, one of four organizations that merged to form NEI in 1994. Her activities at NUMARC also included issues related to improving the economic performance of nuclear power plants and regulatory analysis.

Rich is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum, the Human Resources Planning Society, American Society for Training and Development and the American Society for Association Executives.

Marion since 2008 has been acting vice president for nuclear operations, a position that in recent years was staffed by loaned executives from NEI member companies. He will be responsible for leading NEI programs in nuclear facility operations support, engineering, emergency preparedness, security, health physics and low-level radioactive waste management.

Previously at NEI, Marion served as executive director of nuclear operations. In that position, he was responsible for overall management of NEI and industry working groups involved in power plant operations and many of the same issues he will manage as vice president of nuclear operations.

“Alex brings to this position extensive industry and regulatory expertise and strong relationships within the industry and with senior level staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This management expertise will be vital as the nuclear energy industry continues to operate at exceptional levels of safety and reliability,” Fertel said.

Marion joined NEI in 1994 and has held previous management positions with responsibility for engineering, licensing and programs. Prior to the formation of NEI, Marion was manager of the technical division at the Nuclear Utility Management and Resources Council from 1988 to 1994. He held various positions for 15 years at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., now Constellation Energy.

Marion is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board on Nuclear Codes & Standards, Operations & Maintenance Committee, and Special Committee on Standards Planning and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Nuclear Power Engineering Committee.