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NEI Reorganization Focuses Expertise, Resources on Public Policy Priorities

WASHINGTON—The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) today announced broad organizational changes that focus NEI and industry expertise and resources on the public policy issues that most impact the industry.

“The changes made today, along with management changes made in February, are part of NEI’s ongoing commitment to manage public policy issues in the most effective and efficient manner,” said Joe F. Colvin, NEI president and chief executive officer. “This restructuring of expertise and resources mirrors changes made by many of our members to meet new business and policy priorities.”

Overall, NEI’s organizational structure has been consolidated from eight to six divisions: Nuclear Generation, Governmental Affairs, Communications, Legal, Corporate Services and Member Relations and External Affairs.

Senior Vice President Marvin Fertel has been elected NEI’s chief nuclear officer. Fertel succeeds Ralph Beedle, who retired in January, and will lead the Nuclear Generation Division, including issues regarding nuclear plant operations, regulatory affairs, new nuclear power plants, plant performance improvement and nuclear waste management.

The Executive Committee also elected Jack Brons, special assistant the president, as treasurer; Member Relations Director Lisa Steward as assistant secretary; and Stephen Floyd as vice president for regulatory affairs. Floyd will manage regulatory reform issues, security and emergency planning, fuel supply and advanced reactor issues.

Vice President Phyllis Rich will manage the Corporate Services Division, which integrates the Finance and Administration and Information Resources divisions. Rich will manage the organization’s information technology, research and information analyses, human resources, and finance and administration programs.

Two nuclear energy industry executives are joining the NEI staff as loaned executives:

  • Mike Comiskey, vice president-nuclear automation at Westinghouse, has been named senior director of member outreach in the Member Relations and External Affairs Division. Comiskey has extensive industry experience at Westinghouse with Asian and European customers as well as nuclear plant component manufacturers and suppliers in the international marketplace.
  • Don Cox, controller-nuclear plant projects at Westinghouse, will be NEI’s chief financial officer. Cox brings 25 years of experience in financial planning, management systems and accounting to NEI.

“Our commitment of these two Westinghouse executives to NEI further strengthens our industry partnerships and reinforces our dedication to applying the best people, technology and resources to the growth of nuclear power,” said Westinghouse Senior Vice President Jim Fici.

NEI’s reorganization includes several other new management positions, including:

  • Tony Pietrangelo has been promoted to senior director of risk regulation. He will manage the industry’s transition to a safety-focused, performance-based regulatory framework.
  • Chandler van Orman has been promoted to senior director for external outreach and coalitions. Van Orman has managed NEI’s external outreach programs for six years.
  • Adrian Heymer has been promoted to director of plant performance improvement. Heymer will manage programs devoted to improving plant performance industry-wide through benchmarking and sharing best practices.
  • Richard Smith has been promoted to director of policy analysis. He will work with energy and public policy organizations to expand the role of nuclear energy in long-term energy policy, including elements in the industry’s Vision2020 strategy.
  • Lynn Ferguson will head the creative services group as manager. The group designs and produces web-based and print publications about nuclear technology issues.
  • Rob Dubrow has been promoted to controller and will manage the finance and accounting group.

Bill Gross has been named manager of Web services.


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