PITTSBURGH, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announced a new organizational structure built around a regional approach to conducting business and four individual product lines which will now report to a newly appointed President of Operations.
In making the announcement, Westinghouse President and CEO Dr. Aris S. Candris said the new organization is an outgrowth of a detailed, two-year analysis to further ensure that Westinghouse is well prepared to meet the needs of the growing and fast-changing commercial nuclear energy industry.
"In early 2008, we began to prepare our business for the global growth opportunities that we knew the future held – a future in which nuclear power would emerge as a preferred source to meet the world's increasing demand for clean energy," he said. "We realized that while the current Westinghouse organizational structure and business processes had served us well, to achieve our full potential, we needed to transform our company."
Appointment of Region Presidents
Westinghouse will establish three regional organizations: Europe, Asia and the Americas. Each will be responsible for customer relationships, business development, and project and product delivery in that region.
The Europe region will launch July 1. Anders Jackson is appointed president of the region. He currently serves in the Nuclear Power Plants organization as vice president, Customer Project Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East. Mr. Jackson will be based in Brussels.
The Asia and Americas regions will launch in October of this year. Jack Allen is appointed president of the Asia region. He has served since July 2009 as president and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Japan. Mr. Allen will continue to be based in Tokyo.
The president of the Americas region, which will be based in Pittsburgh, will be announced soon.
Appointment of new Operations President and Product Line Senior Vice Presidents
To better align Westinghouse with the emerging demands of the fast-growing nuclear energy marketplace, Ric Perez is appointed to the new position of president, Operations, effective July 1. In this role, Mr. Perez will be responsible for the operational leadership of Westinghouse's four individual product lines: Nuclear Services, Nuclear Fuel, Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Automation.
Mr. Perez has served since September 2009 as senior vice president of Nuclear Power Plants, and previously served as senior vice president for Westinghouse's Global Growth and Innovation and Nuclear Services.
Deva Chari is appointed senior vice president of the Nuclear Power Plants product line also effective July 1. He succeeds Mr. Perez. Mr. Chari has served since December 2008 as vice president, New Plant Projects Operations.
David Howell is appointed to the new position of senior vice president, Nuclear Automation, effective July 1. Mr. Howell has served since 2007 as vice president, Field Services.
Mr. Howell and Mr. Chari, and their product line colleagues who remain in their current positions--Nuclear Fuel Senior Vice President Joe Belechak and Nuclear Services Senior Vice President Nick Liparulo--will report to Mr. Perez and serve on the executive staff.
Continuing Staff Assignments
The remaining executive staff assignments will be unchanged. Dan Lipman will continue in his role as senior vice president, Operations Support; Shigenori Shiga will continue as senior vice president and chief coordination officer; Masayoshi Hirata, senior vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer; Kate Jackson, senior vice president, Research & Technology, and chief technology officer; Ramsey Coates, senior vice president, Legal & Contracts, Environment, Health and Safety, and general counsel; and Tony Greco, senior vice president, Human Resources & Corporate Relations.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.
SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company