WASHINGTON—Retired Navy Admiral Frank L. (Skip) Bowman this morning became the new president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the policy organization for the U.S. nuclear energy industry. Bowman succeeds Joe F. Colvin, who retired after nine years as NEI’s top executive.
“When we sat down and assembled a composite picture of the skills and experience we needed in a new CEO, we identified four core areas,” said W. George Hairston III, chairman of the NEI Board of Directors and chairman at Southern Nuclear Operating Co. Hairston identified these core strengths as:
technical and operating experience;
leadership of a large organization, including experience in designing and building new reactors;
cradle-to-grave operations management, with responsibilities for design, construction and operation of reactor plants, as well as work force training and management of the nuclear fuel cycle; and
political skills that include an understanding of how the policy world works in the nation’s capital.
“There were some who thought we’d be lucky to find someone with one or two of those attributes. In Skip we found someone with all four,” Hairston said.
Bowman officially took the reins at NEI at 12:01 a.m. today. His selection as president and CEO-elect was announced last Aug. 25.
“I am excited to join the Nuclear Energy Institute at this time of opportunity for the nuclear power industry,” Bowman said. “I am convinced that our country’s physical security is inextricably linked to our energy security. Maintaining and expanding the role of nuclear energy in meeting the ever-increasing demand for electricity in this country will lessen our dependence on energy sources from unstable parts of the world.
“I therefore see my new duties here at NEI as a natural continuation of my 38-year military career in ensuring the security of our country and its people. And I am honored to fill the shoes of one of the most respected individuals in this industry, Mr. Joe Colvin.”
Bowman ended his military career in December 2004 after 38 years in the Navy. At the time of his retirement, he was an admiral serving as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program; he was the third successor to Adm. Hyman G. Rickover in that command. Bowman also was deputy administrator for naval reactors in the National Nuclear Security Administration of the Department of Energy. In these dual positions, he was responsible for the operations of more than 100 reactors aboard the Navy’s aircraft carriers and submarines, four training sites and two Department of Energy laboratories in Pittsburgh and Schenectady, N.Y.
NEI is the policy organization for the country’s commercial nuclear power industry, and its mission includes interaction with Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
One hundred and three nuclear power plants operating in 31 states supply electricity to one of every five U.S. homes and businesses, and they are by far the largest clean source of electricity in the nation.
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.