Executive Biographies

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

President and Chief Executive Officer

José Emeterio Gutiérrez was named president and chief executive officer in June 2017.

Prior to being named to the company’s highest leadership role, Mr. Gutiérrez led the Westinghouse global Nuclear Fuel and Components Manufacturing (NF&CM) organization, a product line that provides nuclear fuel, fuel-handling equipment and cranes, large nuclear components and global nuclear supply chain services to a global customer base.

Mr. Gutiérrez, who also had been a member of the Westinghouse Board of Directors, will retain his role on the board as the president and CEO.

Prior to serving as senior vice president of NF&CM, which he assumed in April 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 and is a certified Westinghouse Customer 1st (continuous improvement) Green Belt.

Mark Marano

Mark Marano

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Marano brings nearly 30 years of nuclear industry and vendor operations experience to his position of Chief Operating Officer. Since March 2017, Marano has been responsible for approxi-mately 80 percent of the company’s revenue stream and has led approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. 

Marano focuses on the company’s core products and services that support operating plants across the world. This includes nuclear fuel; components and manufacturing; engineering; field services; plant modifications; instrumentation and control; and decontamination, decommissioning, remediation and waste management. 

He also oversees the company’s technology innovation and research and development organization, as well as project management and nuclear regulatory affairs. 

Previously Marano was president, Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa Regions. He was responsible for Westinghouse customer relationships, account team development, and government and regulatory affairs within the two Regions. He oversaw global marketing, commercial operations, communications, corporate development, strategy and facilities management, all to enhance customer value while realizing targeted strategic growth.

Prior to his tenure at Westinghouse, Marano held executive leadership roles at AREVA NP, Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc. and GE Hitachi. Marano also held a progressive series of management positions at American Electric Power and their power generation fleet of 82 plants in 11 states, inclusive of nuclear, coal, gas and hydroelectricity. 

Prior to his roles at AEP, Marano spent 10 years in successive levels of senior management positions at nuclear plants sites, including Florida Power and Light, Carolina Power and Light, Public Services Electric and Gas and Florida Power Corporation. Before his commercial nuclear experience, Marano worked for Grumman Aerospace and the defense industry. 

Marano was appointed in 2015 to the board of directors for Westinghouse Electric Company. He also holds board directorships with E4 Carolinas—an energy industry-related trade association in the Charlotte, N. Carolina (USA) region; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center; and the U.S.-based National Association of Manufacturers.

Marano graduated from Oswego State University in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

David A. Howell

David A. Howell

President, Americas Region
Chief Growth Officer

David Howell brings over 35 years of nuclear industry experience to his role as president of the Americas Region and chief growth officer.

Appointed in March 2017, Howell leads Westinghouse Electric Company’s customer relationship management and all commercial responsibilities for the Americas Region core business, including account team development and deployment. He oversees the company’s global commercial and marketing organization, as well as government and international affairs. Recently Howell also became responsible for oversight of corporate strategy and global business growth.

Previously Howell was senior vice president, Operating Plant Business, where he held executive operational responsibility for all products and services related to growth and enhancement of the company’s instrumentation and control (I&C) business, outage support and plant modification services. He also oversaw engineering products and nuclear parts for pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors worldwide.

Prior to that, Howell was Westinghouse vice president of Global Field Services. In that role he had complete executive oversight of the company’s outage support, advanced products, nuclear power plant component services and customer training globally.

Howell has held engineering and field operations management positions for the company’s business lines related to reactor vessel and steam generator inspection, and repair for pressurized water reactor nuclear steam supply systems. He also was a lead design engineer for remote reactor repair projects.

He holds six patents for innovative equipment serving this market. Howell is a black belt in Six Sigma and Lean processes. He also is a certified Customer 1st Leader and was the deployment director for that program within the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel business, where he drove implementation throughout that business.

A registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Howell has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (USA). He is a member of the Geneva College Advanced Board, and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Howell also is a member of the Westinghouse Operating Committee and a past member of the Westinghouse Board of Directors.

Gavin Liu

Gavin Liu

Asia Region

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.

Luc Van Hulle

Luc Van Hulle

EMEA Region

Luc Van Hulle is president, EMEA Region at Westinghouse Electric Company, responsible for customer relationships, account team development, and government and regulatory affairs in the EMEA Region. Van Hulle has more than 35 years of nuclear industry experience and joined Westinghouse in 1980.

Previously at Westinghouse, Van Hulle was vice president of EMEA Marketing and Commercial Integration. Prior to his responsibility for key customer accounts and large integrated projects throughout the EMEA Region, he supported engineering, plant construction and field services in Europe.

Van Hulle is a graduate of the University of Gent, Belgium, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering. He completed additional studies in business administration at Insead, France, and is a certified Black Belt.

David Durham

David Durham

Senior Vice President, New Projects Business
President of WECTEC LLC

David Durham is senior vice president, New Projects Business, and president of WECTEC LLC, a wholly owned Westinghouse subsidiary. He is responsible for all aspects of Westinghouse’s New Plant organization, including current AP1000® plant projects and business development, as well as the services provided by the WECTEC product line, which include government services, project support services and contingency staffing services.

Mr. Durham joined Westinghouse in 2015; since January 2016, he has led the WECTEC Services product line, the majority of which supports Westinghouse’s AP1000 plant projects. Before coming to Westinghouse, Mr. Durham was senior vice president and chief commercial officer at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Previously, he was vice president of Fluor Corporation, leading commercial activities for the company’s global nuclear power and government businesses.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Durham served in the administration of U.S. President George H.W. Bush, overseeing the creation and operations of the defense nuclear facilities cleanup program for Energy Secretary James Watkins, as well as federal facilities enforcement for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bill Reilly.

Mr. Durham holds a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University National Law Center and bachelor’s degrees in foreign affairs and history from Assumption College.

Rick Easterling

Rick Easterling

Senior Vice President (Acting)
Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement

As acting senior vice president, Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement at Westinghouse Electric Company, Rick Easterling is responsible for continuous improvement, quality leadership, and environment, health and safety activities for the company. 

Easterling most recently served as vice president of Global Quality Programs. In the role, he was responsible for ensuring that all Westinghouse and supplier organizations are compliant with customer regulations and requirements. He also was responsible for development and implementation of the Westinghouse enterprise-wide corrective action software platform.

Before his leadership role in Quality, Easterling was vice president of AP1000 Technical Services and Licensing, with responsibility for organizational and industry leadership for the design of the AP1000® nuclear power plant, Westinghouse’s Generation III+ pressurized water reactor design. He has held leadership positions in each of the Westinghouse business units. Three of these positions were overseas, including four years in England and three years in Sweden.

Easterling holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Toledo. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

Dan Sumner

Dan Sumner

Chief Financial Officer

Dan Sumner is Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for Westinghouse’s global finance operations and focused on restoring the financial health of Westinghouse through the Company’s strategic transition.

In October 2016, Mr. Sumner was named Vice President of Finance with responsibility for global Product Line & Region Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis, Corporate Accounting, and Global Shared Services. Mr. Sumner previously served as Westinghouse’s Chief Compliance Officer, head of enterprise risk management, and director of corporate audit. Mr. Sumner was instrumental in building Westinghouse’s global corporate audit and Sarbanes-Oxley programs, and has held key roles on several strategic initiatives since joining the company in 2010.

Prior to his tenure at Westinghouse, Mr. Sumner worked for Alcoa as a member of the corporate audit staff, focused on assessing and consulting on operational, business, and financial performance across the company’s global operations. Preceding Alcoa, Mr. Sumner held various roles at a start-up venture and in the banking industry.

Mr. Sumner holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Grove City College. He also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), with a concentration in corporate finance and strategy. Additionally, Mr. Sumner has earned executive certificates from Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology which focus on leadership, and strategic decision & risk management.

Joni Falascino

Joni Falascino

Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise Services

As senior vice president, Global Enterprise Services, Joni Falascino is responsible for leading and aligning global enterprise services – including Global Information Systems and Technology, Facilities, Security and Global Nuclear Supply Chain – to enhance business performance. The assignment leverages her experience and skills in multiple business areas.

Prior to this role, Ms. Falascino served as vice president, Project Delivery, in the New Plants and Major Projects business, with accountability for facilitating the delivery of new plant projects worldwide. Her specific responsibilities included leading the AP1000® plant Cranberry Woods headquarters staff; the AP1000 Project Command Center; and the UAE and Korea projects.

Ms. Falascino previously served in numerous areas throughout the company, including the New Plant, Engineering and Instrumentation and Control product lines. She began her career with Westinghouse in the Graduate Student Program, where she rotated through different product areas. In her 30 years in the nuclear industry, she gained increasing levels of responsibility within engineering areas of the company and in integrating businesses into Westinghouse.

Each opportunity has provided Ms. Falascino with a diverse learning experience regarding products, employees and customers. She is a person who sticks to a basic strategy, both personally and professionally; who moves step by step; values people and teamwork; and balances high standards with family values. She enjoys the day-to-day challenges of solving problems and is a firm believer that there is a need to include expertise and viewpoints that reflect the diversity of our society.

Ms. Falascino has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified Customer 1st Green Belt and also received certification from the Women’s Executive Leadership Program, Duquesne University School of Business.

Robert Massy

Robert Massy

Senior Vice President
Human Resources

Robert Massy 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.

Previously at Westinghouse, Massy was vice president of Global Talent Management throughout the company’s product lines and operating regions, including governance and strategy over all areas of talent acquisition, global learning, talent and organizational effectiveness and leadership development for the nuclear technology company’s 11,000 employees.

Prior to joining Westinghouse in 2015, Massy held a series of positions of increasing responsibility at Weatherford International, a multi-billion dollar oil and gas services company operating in over 100 countries around the world. While at Weatherford, Massy led their regional talent practice in Asia while based in Singapore and laterally in Malaysia. He then transitioned to Weatherford’s corporate headquarters in the greater Houston area where he directed corporate training and competencies as well as leading the design, build and implementation of HR programs and processes. Massy was a key member of Weatherford’s global human resources leadership.

Prior to his experience with Weatherford, Massy spent a number of years in senior business leadership/consulting roles in both Europe and Asia. Massy, a native of Ireland, attended Lancaster University of Lancaster, U.K. where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Behavior in Organisations, and is a graduate of the University of East London where he earned his Masters of Business Administration.