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Danny Roderick

Danny Roderick

President and Chief Executive Officer

Danny Roderick joined Westinghouse Electric Company as president and chief executive officer on Sept. 26, 2012. He joined Westinghouse with more than 30 years of proven performance within the nuclear industry.

Before his Westinghouse appointment, Mr. Roderick was senior vice president, Nuclear Plant Projects, with GE-Hitachi (GEH) Nuclear Energy, where he managed all facets of new and existing nuclear plant projects. Prior to that, Mr. Roderick held progressively responsible leadership positions at GEH within engineering and project management, outage and work controls, and operations.

Mr. Roderick also was site operations director and plant general manager at Progress Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant. As the company’s vice president of Nuclear Projects and Construction, he also managed a multibillion-dollar new-nuclear expansion program.

Before joining Progress Energy, Mr. Roderick spent 13 years with Entergy’s Nuclear Division working in plant operations and engineering. Also, he spent three years as a startup and field engineer with Johnson Controls and Howard S. Wright Contractors at the Perry Nuclear and Columbia Generating Stations.

Mr. Roderick has a bachelor’s degree from Lake Erie College and a master’s degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.


Gavin Liu

Gavin Liu

President, Asia

Gavin Liu is president of Asia for Westinghouse, responsible for developing and executing business strategy, delivering customer projects and interfacing with customers, partners, suppliers and principal shareholder to enable timely, local decision making on matters strategic to the Asian market.

Mr. Liu rejoined Westinghouse after working for three years with ABB as senior vice president, China and North Asia Region. Prior to joining ABB in 2011, Mr. Liu worked for Westinghouse for 10 years, where he most recently helped to build relationships with customers in China to secure the contracts for the first four AP1000™ nuclear power plant units as vice president and managing director of the Asia Region’s China sub-region.

Mr. Liu began his career in the China Ministry of Electric Power in 1991 and in 1992 moved to various sales and business development roles with ABB. He joined Westinghouse as part of the ABB CE acquisition in 2000.

Mr. Liu graduated from Tsinghua University with a degree in Thermal Engineering and received his MBA from Peking University.


Yves Brachet

Yves Brachet

President
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Region

Mr. Yves Brachet brings more than 30 years of nuclear industry experience to his current position as President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa where he is responsible for building customer relationships, developing business plans, capturing new markets, and successfully executing existing and new projects. He comes to the EMEA president position from his most recent role as vice president and managing director – France, Benelux. Mr. Brachet joined Westinghouse in November 2004 as regional vice-president of France.

Before that, he was general manager of Endel, a Suez company subsidiary. He joined Endel in 2000 as director of its Nuclear Department.

Prior to joining Endel, Mr. Brachet held positions of increasing responsibility during 18 years with Transnucléaire (AREVA subsidiary), in areas including transport of radioactive material, engineering of containers for radioactive material containment and radioactive fuel cycle. In 1993, he was appointed Transnucléaire vice-president and six years later, executive vice-president. His first position was as design engineer.

Mr. Brachet holds a engineering degree from École Centrale de Paris and a degree in civil engineering from Centre des Hautes Etudes de la Construction, Paris. He has a docteur-ingénieur (Ph.D.) degree from Paris VI University. He also holds a certificate in management and corporate finance from Institut de Contrôle de Gestion.


Mark Marano

Mark Marano

President, Americas

Mark Marano brings more than 25 years of nuclear industry experience to his position as president, Americas. He is also responsible for Westinghouse's corporate development and global facilities management organizations. 

Prior to his arrival at Westinghouse, Mr. Marano was the senior vice president of Business Development for Areva NP in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). Prior to this position, he was senior vice president, New Plants. Before his positions at Areva, Mr. Marano held executive leadership roles at Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc. and GE Hitachi. Most notably he was the senior vice president of commercial, marketing and business development for GE Hitachi in Wilmington, North Carolina.

From 2005 through 2006 Mr. Marano was vice president of financial planning for American Electric Power (AEP), and from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Marano served as president and chief executive officer of Numanco LLC, an American Electric Power subsidiary. Concurrently, he served as vice president of Generation Business Services, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all business services in support of AEP’s generation fleet of 82 plants in 11 states, inclusive of nuclear, coal, gas, and hydro.

Prior to his roles at AEP, Mr. Marano spent 10 years in successive levels of senior management positions at nuclear plant sites with several utilities where he played key roles in nuclear plant turnarounds during the 1980s and 1990s. This included Florida Power and Light, Carolina Power and Light, Public Services Electric and Gas and Florida Power Corporation.

Prior to his commercial nuclear experience, Mr. Marano worked for Grumman Aerospace and the defense industry from 1984 to 1989.

Mr. Marano graduated from Oswego State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.



Jim Brennan

Senior Vice President, Engineering

As senior vice president of Westinghouse Engineering, Jim Brennan is responsible for leading the company's global engineering organization in delivering customer value by providing high-quality, cost-effective advanced technology solutions for both new and operating plant engineering projects. This includes nuclear fuel and safety analysis engineering, systems and components engineering, and engineering support for both pressurized and boiling water reactors.

Additionally, Mr. Brennan provides oversight for a robust innovation process focused on developing new technology to help customers deliver safe, clean, reliable energy.

Before assuming leadership of the integrated global Westinghouse Engineering organization in February 2015, Mr. Brennan served as vice president of Westinghouse’s Engineering Services business. In that role he provided oversight for Westinghouse activities related to the nuclear steam supply system (NSSS) engineering and regulatory support of the global nuclear operating fleet, including support for plant upratings, license renewal, component replacement and repair, safety analysis, probabilistic risk assessment and system design for pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors.

Mr. Brennan joined Westinghouse in 1984 as an engineer with the former Nuclear Technology Division and advanced through a series of engineering, strategic and continuous improvement positions of increasing responsibility.

Mr. Brennan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


Jose Emeterio Gutierrez

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

Senior Vice President
Nuclear Fuel and Components Manufacturing

José Emeterio Gutiérrez leads the Westinghouse global Nuclear Fuel organization, which provides nuclear fuel fabrication, components and services to customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is also responsible for the company's global supply chain organization. 

Prior to this role, which he assumed on April 1, 2012, Mr. Gutiérrez served as managing director and vice president for Southern Europe in Westinghouse’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region since 2010. In this position he was responsible for operations in Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania, and also was responsible for customer and stakeholder interfaces, Westinghouse legal representation and statutory requirements.

Additionally, Mr. Gutiérrez served as regional vice president of Spain for Westinghouse, as well as Nuclear Services technical director, leading all Westinghouse Services operations in Spain between 2008 and 2010.

Prior to joining Westinghouse, he held fuel leadership positions with ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A. in Spain over a period of 22 years. In his nuclear fuel director role at ENUSA, Mr. Gutiérrez was responsible for leading the Juzbado Manufacturing Plant and had full responsibility before the Spanish Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Overall, he brings more than 25 years of experience in the global nuclear market, including experience in nuclear fuel engineering and fabrication, as well as participation in various GE nuclear fuel development projects in the United States.

He served as chairman of the Spanish Nuclear Society between 2009 and 2011, and has been a member of several European organizations such as Foratom European Atomic Forum and the European Nuclear Society. He also served as dean of the Business School of Westinghouse University, which is designed to prepare the Westinghouse workforce for the future.

Mr. Gutiérrez received a civil engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


David Howell

David A. Howell

Senior Vice President
Operating Plants Business

David Howell heads Westinghouse Electric Company’s Automation and Field Services organization, where he is responsible for leading product development, design, assembly and testing of advanced Instrumentation and Control (I&C) products for operating and new nuclear power plants and providing executive oversight of outage support activities for operating units. This global organization serves customers through operations in more than a dozen countries.Mr. Howell assumed this role in July 2013.

Mr. Howell’s prior experience includes executive responsibility for both I&C and outage oversight. Most recently, he was senior vice president, Nuclear Automation, and was responsible for the growth of Westinghouse’s I&C business from July 2010 to June 2013. Mr. Howell was also previously vice president of global Field Services, where he had executive oversight of the business which offers complete outage support, advanced products, nuclear power plant component services and training to customers worldwide.

In his 31 years with Westinghouse, he has held engineering and field operations management positions for business lines related to reactor vessel and steam generator inspection and repair for Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) nuclear steam supply systems. Prior to these management positions, Mr. Howell was a lead design engineer for remote reactor repair projects and holds multiple patents for innovative equipment serving this market.

Mr. Howell is a certified Customer 1st Leader (CFL) and a black belt in Six Sigma and Lean processes. He was the Customer 1st deployment director for Westinghouse’s Nuclear Fuel business, with responsibility for driving the implementation of the initiative throughout that business.

Mr. Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (USA). He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.


Jeff Benjamin

Jeff Benjamin

Senior Vice President
New Plants and Major Projects 

Jeff Benjamin brings more than 25 years of management experience in the nuclear industry to his position as senior vice president, Nuclear Power Plants. In this position, he leads Westinghouse efforts to meet existing new-plant customer needs and to develop new-plant opportunities.

Mr. Benjamin’s career in the global commercial nuclear market includes project and plant operations experience, and he has extensive knowledge of boiling water and pressurized water reactors.

Prior to joining Westinghouse in May 2013, Mr. Benjamin served as president of Nuclear Services at Rolls-Royce Nuclear. He was promoted to the position from his previous role as executive vice president of Engineering.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as senior vice president of Global Commercial Nuclear for CH2M HILL. While in this role, he was program manager for the United Arab Emirates’ new civil nuclear program, assisted Poland in establishing its nuclear energy program and was an original member of the Nuclear Development Forum in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Benjamin played a key role in the formation of Exelon Corporation, where he served as vice president of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs from 2000 to 2007. In this role, he also helped to implement performance improvements across the largest nuclear fleet in the United States.

From 1998 to 2000, he served as site vice president at LaSalle County Generating Station while with Commonwealth Edison.

Mr. Benjamin earned a bachelor’s degree and completed coursework for a master’s degree (thesis pending) in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2001.


Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

Senior Vice President
Quality, Environment, Health and Safety

Steve Hamilton brings more than 32 years of global nuclear quality experience to Westinghouse where he leads global efforts in continuous improvement, quality compliance, environment, health and safety activities, as well as global information systems and technology. His broad experience complements Westinghouse’s already strong commitment and capabilities in these areas.

He comes to Westinghouse from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where he was senior vice president, nuclear oversight. While there, Mr. Hamilton led programs such as quality assurance; Lean Six Sigma; continuous improvement; environment, health and safety; regulatory affairs; human performance; technical training; and nuclear safety culture.

Prior to that, he served as vice president, quality and performance with AREVA Inc. He also spent 13 years with Carolina Power & Light Company’s Brunswick Nuclear Station.

Mr. Hamilton also is a previous Westinghouse employee who served as president, PN Services, a former Westinghouse subsidiary specializing in chemical cleaning and decontamination for nuclear reactors.

Mr. Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.


Ichiro Sakamoto

Ichiro Sakamoto

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ichiro Sakamoto leads Westinghouse Electric Company’s financial operations, treasury and shared service organizations. Mr. Sakamoto is a graduate of Keio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce. He joined Westinghouse in 2014 after working for Toshiba Corporation since 1987.  Mr. Sakamoto has assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout his Toshiba career, mainly in business planning and analysis as well as cost control.

Mr. Sakamoto’s experience includes tenure as Director of Toshiba Digital Media Network Korea, and Chief Specialist for the Finance Division of Toshiba Corporation. His most recent Toshiba position prior to joining Westinghouse was Group Manager for the Finance & Accounting Division of the Social Infrastructure Systems Company. In this role, Mr. Sakamoto was responsible for the control of consolidated business performances of all divisions.


Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Legal & Contracts

Mr. Sweeney is responsible for overseeing all legal operations of the global business activities of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC.

Mr. Sweeney joined Westinghouse in 2005 as an Assistant General Counsel for Nuclear Services. In that role, he was responsible for managing all legal aspects of Westinghouse’s Nuclear Services business. Starting in 2006, Mr. Sweeney gained responsibility for Westinghouse’s global insurance program, International attorneys and most recently, Westinghouse’s Nuclear Automation operations.

Prior to joining Westinghouse, Mr. Sweeney was a partner in the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP (formerly Pietragallo, Bosick and Gordon). His primary focus was on corporate and business matters where he counseled companies on various legal matters including financing operations, strategic initiatives and general corporate matters. In addition, from 1989 to 2000, Mr. Sweeney held positions of increasing responsibility in the Law Department of CBS Corporation (formerly, Westinghouse Electric Corporation). His primary focus was on Board of Director Matters, Security and Exchange Commission filing requirements for public companies as well as Acquisitions and Divestitures.

Mr. Sweeney has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master's degree in business administration and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


Dhiraj Cherian

Dhiraj Cherian

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Dhiraj Cherian is deputy chief financial officer for Westinghouse Electric Company. In this role, Mr. Cherian leads the Westinghouse Finance organization’s efforts to align financial reporting and streamline processes. Mr. Cherian is responsible for Westinghouse’s financial planning, accounting and treasury functions.

Mr. Cherian joins Westinghouse from General Electric, where he has served as Asia Pacific controller since 2006. Prior to joining GE, he served in finance leadership roles in Japan with British Council and J.T. International, Inc.

Mr. Cherian holds an MBA Finance from Solvay Business School in Belgium and is fluent in English and Japanese. He also holds a Master of Commerce degree in Accounting from Osmania University in India and a diploma in Systems Management from National Institute of Information Technology in India.


Eric McCallister

Eric McAllister

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Eric McAllister is Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Westinghouse Electric Company, responsible for talent and organizational initiatives focused on accelerating the company’s global growth strategy in existing and emerging markets. He is also responsible for the company's global security organization. 

Prior to Westinghouse, Eric served as the global vice president of human resources for Danaher Corporation’s Communications Platform, where he led the global organization strategy and transformed the HR function to support a doubling of the business during his tenure.

Mr. McAllister was Chief HR Officer at Omniture, where he was responsible for driving the company’s HR strategy, talent, organization capability and culture initiatives.  He led the organization/people integration of Omniture into Adobe Systems following its acquisition of Omniture.

Prior to joining Omniture, Mr. McAllister was a Senior Human Resources Director at Microsoft Corporation, where he led all human resources initiatives for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Server businesses, with operations in over 30 countries globally.

Prior to his experience with Microsoft, Mr. McAllister spent a number of years in senior business leadership/consulting roles at Watson Wyatt and Accenture.  Before entering the consulting field he held various senior HR management roles at Motorola Inc. in Japan and in the U.S.   Eric lived in Japan for six years and has traveled to over 35 countries globally working with senior management in various HR leadership and consulting roles.

Mr. McAllister received a double-major B.A. degree in social anthropology and Japanese, with a minor in economics from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.



Takayuki Shibano

Senior Vice President & Chief Coordination Officer

Takayuki Shibano is the senior vice president and chief coordination officer for Westinghouse Electric Company. He is responsible for identifying and realizing global synergy opportunities between Toshiba and Westinghouse.

Mr. Shibano brings nearly 30 years of nuclear industry experience to this role in the areas of engineering and management.

Prior to joining to Westinghouse in April 2015, Mr. Shibano was the deputy general manager of the Nuclear System & Services Division in Toshiba Power Systems Company, where he provided general oversight of Westinghouse activities and worked to develop new nuclear power plant opportunities.

From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Shibano served as senior manager of the Nuclear Chemical System Engineering department of Toshiba Corporation, where he was responsible for the engineering of reprocessing systems, waste treatment systems, and decontamination, decommissioning and remediation systems. He also provided direct support for the water treatment system at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant after March 11, 2011.

Mr. Shibano began his career in Toshiba Corporation in 1987 as an engineer working on uranium enrichment systems using laser technology (AVLIS), where he was a member of the project team involved with the construction of the demonstration plant.

Mr. Shibano also has experience as an internal management auditor in Toshiba Corporation, where he provided audit management and oversight of several Toshiba group companies during 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Shibano holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in nuclear engineering from Osaka University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is currently located at the Westinghouse corporate headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.




Cassie Hagan

Senior vice president, Communications

Cassie Hagan leads the global communications organization at Westinghouse Electric Company. In this role she is responsible for the company’s strategic and tactical deployment of stakeholder communications, as well as leading public relations, marketing communications, internal communications and community relations programs and initiatives worldwide.

Ms. Hagan has nearly 25 years of communications and leadership experience in branding, marketing and strategic message management, with particular emphasis in business-to-business environments in high-tech and corporate industrial sectors.

Ms. Hagan comes to Westinghouse from her most recent role as vice president, Corporate Communications with AREVA North America in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). She spent 12 years with AREVA in roles of increasing responsibility in Global Marketing Communications, Operational Marketing & B2B Communications and New Plants Brand Marketing.

Prior to her time at AREVA, Ms. Hagan was senior brand manager with Gateway, Inc. at its global headquarters in North Sioux City, South Dakota (USA). She also has previous experience in the trade press and newspaper industries and is a veteran of the United States Navy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lynchburg College.