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AREVA Makes Major U.S. Organization Changes To Support a Larger Role for Nuclear Power

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April 27, 2009

April 27, 2009 

AREVA announces an organizational realignment to address increased U.S. demand for modernization and services of the existing fleet of nuclear power plants and plans for deploying a new fleet of U.S. EPR™ plants. These changes take effect immediately.

“We’re aggressively preparing to provide expanded support to operating plants in the United States and Canada, and to ensure the continued high level of performance, we’re dedicating a leadership team to focus primarily on operating plant products and services,” said Mike Rencheck, AREVA NP Inc., President and CEO. “These changes reflect the importance of supporting a strong operating fleet while the industry pursues the expansion of nuclear power and our efforts to deploy a fleet of EPR plants.”

George Beam, formerly Nuclear Services Senior Vice President, has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer. He will lead AREVA NP Inc. Nuclear Services, Fuel Sector, AREVA Canada, Ltd., and SGT LLC, AREVA’s joint venture with URS. Beam first joined the company in 1981 and has more than 30 years of nuclear power industry experience.

“We’re focused on operational excellence as we take every measure to exceed the expectations of our plant customers in terms of safety, quality, performance and delivery,” said Beam. “In our fuel business, we’re using a global approach for identifying solutions that will bring the best available practices and technologies to the U.S. market.”

Joe Zwetolitz returns to the Nuclear Services organization as Senior Vice President to continue to strengthen those operations. Ron Land succeeds Zwetolitz as the acting senior executive for AREVA Fuel Sector. Roger Alexander, AREVA Canada, Ltd. Vice President continues to manage business actives in Canada, and Dick Wilkerson continues serving as President of Operations for SGT.

AREVA also recently announced the appointment of Mark Marano to Senior Vice President for New Plants Business Development, and additional steps are being taken to strengthen that organization. Matt Dryden has joined AREVA NP Inc. as Manager of Business Development. Dryden comes to AREVA from General Electric Hitachi Nuclear, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Operations. Tony Robinson is transitioning from his business development leadership role to bring additional focus to new plants commercial operations. Robinson was appointed Vice President of Commercial Operations, a new position within the business unit.

Engineering and Instrumentation, Electrical and Controls for new and operating plants continue to be lead by Tom Franch, Senior vice President plants.

“As our EPR™ technology continues to be well received, with four units already planned in the U.S.A. and others under discussion, our new plants organization is growing to keep up with the increased interest we’re receiving from the market,” said Marano. “The new fleet of EPR™ plants anticipated for this country will truly be made in America.”

AREVA has strengthened its U.S. manufacturing operations and is the only major reactor supplier to announce plans to develop a robust U.S. infrastructure to manufacture reactor and nuclear system heavy components for the new plants market, in order to offer “made in America” reactors. AREVA Newport News, LLC, an AREVA joint venture with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, announced it will start construction this summer on a $360 million-plus nuclear equipment manufacturing and engineering facility in Newport News, Va.


Jarret Adams
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4637
Email: jarret.adams@areva.com

Véronique Larlham
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4503
Email: veronique.larlham@areva.com