AREVA Executive Elected Chair of E4 Carolinas
December 18, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 18, 2013 – AREVA is pleased to announce that Tom Franch, senior vice president of Reactors and Services, was elected chairman of the E4 Carolinas Board of Directors for 2014 and 2015. Franch will begin his two-year term on Jan. 1, replacing inaugural co-chairs George Baldwin of Piedmont Natural Gas and Clark Gillespy of Duke Energy South Carolina.
“I am pleased to represent AREVA in this role with E4 Carolinas,” said Franch. “The Carolinas’ energy industry is a major contributor to the economic development of the region. I look forward to utilizing my global experience with AREVA and working with my E4 Carolinas partners to encourage the continued growth of the energy sector in the Carolinas, and the development of clean, safe power around the world.”
Franch brings more than 30 years of energy industry experience to this role, including 13 years with AREVA. During his time with AREVA, he has led the engineering, and reactors and services organizations in achieving operational excellence through safety, quality, performance and delivery.
In 2013, the Charlotte Business Journal and E4 Carolinas honored Franch as an Energy Leadership Award winner. Past honorees include Piedmont Natural Gas CEO Tom Skains, Duke Energy executive Dhiaa Jamil, SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh and former URS executive Jim Little.
In addition to his involvement with E4 Carolinas, Franch is an advisory board member of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and is an active member of the American Nuclear Society.
More About E4 Carolinas
E4 Carolinas is an industry-led, Carolinas-wide energy trade association that evolved from the energy industry work started in the 16-county Charlotte Region in April 2009. That’s when the first meeting of energy executives was held. The premise of that original summit was this — the region has a critical mass of engineering and energy firms and, as an energy cluster, can grow its jobs and its economic development.