AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has named Mark B. Bezilla vice president of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. In this position, he is responsible for overall management, direction and coordination of operation of Davis-Besse. Bezilla succeeds Brian Boles, who has taken the role of vice president of Nuclear Support for FENOC.
Also at Davis-Besse, FENOC has promoted Doug Huey to director of Performance Improvement. Huey will oversee the Training, Regulatory Compliance and Emergency Preparedness activities at the plant.
A 40-year nuclear industry veteran, Bezilla joined FENOC in 2002 and has served as site vice president at all three of the company's nuclear plants – Davis-Besse; Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.; and Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. He most recently served as vice president of Oversight for the FENOC fleet following two years as a loaned executive at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to joining FENOC, Bezilla held various managerial positions at other U.S. nuclear power plants.
"Mark's energetic leadership, significant experience at Davis-Besse and extensive knowledge of best practices within the nuclear industry will be invaluable in helping Davis-Besse achieve excellence in all aspects of plant operations," said FENOC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Harden.
Bezilla, of Port Clinton, Ohio, holds an associate's degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Penn State University and a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator license for Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1 near Harrisburg, Pa. and at Davis-Besse.
Huey has more than 29 years' experience in the nuclear power industry. He joined FENOC in 2013 as manager of Fleet Work Management. He also has served as manager of Fleet Maintenance and Work Management and Fleet Outage Manager. Prior to joining the company, Huey held various positions in nuclear regulatory licensing and oversight, maintenance, and outage and work management and earned Senior Reactor Operator certification at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Huey studied nuclear science at the University of Maryland, as well as computer science at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Ball State University. He began his career in the nuclear navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Ohio. He currently resides in Akron, Ohio.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Visit FENOC on the web at www.fenoc.com, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter @Perry_Plant, @BVPowerStation, and @DavisBesse.
Editor's Note: Photos of Bezilla and Huey are available on Flickr.