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.

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. 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.

David Durham

President, Plant Solutions

David Durham was named president, Plant Solutions in January 2019. He is responsible for the development of key growth areas for Westinghouse related to the specific stages of plant lifecycle solutions, including new plant delivery; plant deconstruction; decommissioning and remediation services; and government services.

Mr. Durham joined Westinghouse in 2015. Mr. Durham had most recently served as senior vice president, New Projects Business, with responsibility for AP1000® plant projects and business development, as well as president, WECTEC LLC, a wholly owned Westinghouse subsidiary that includes government services, project support services and contingency staffing services. 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.

Joni Falascino

Joni Falascino

Executive Vice President, Quality, Environment, Health & Safety, and Innovation

Joni Falascino was named executive vice president, QEHS and Innovation, in January 2019 with responsibility for the Quality, Environment, Health & Safety organization; Innovation; Transformation; and Global Information Systems and Technology.

Ms. Falascino had previously served as senior vice president, Global Enterprise Services since 2017, with responsibility for leading and aligning global enterprise services – including Global Information Systems and Technology, Facilities, Security and Global Nuclear Supply Chain.

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. Throughout her Westinghouse career, she has held increasingly responsible roles in numerous areas throughout the company, including the New Plant, Engineering and Instrumentation and Control product lines.

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.

David A. Howell

David A. Howell

President, Americas Operating Plant Services

David Howell brings more than 35 years of nuclear industry experience to his role as president of the Americas Operating Plant Services business unit.

Appointed in January 2019, Mr. Howell leads Westinghouse Electric Company’s sales and delivery for the Americas core business for existing nuclear operating plant customers.

Mr. Howell had previously served as president of the Americas Region and chief growth officer since March 2017. His prior executive management roles at Westinghouse included senior vice president, Operating Plant Business and vice president of Global Field Services. Throughout Mr. Howell’s Westinghouse career, he held increasingly responsible positions in engineering and field operations management.

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.

Gavin Liu

Gavin Liu

President, Asia Region

Gavin Liu is president of the Asia Region 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 Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Peking University.

Robert Massy

Robert Massy

Executive Vice President, People & Culture

Robert Massy is executive vice president, People & Culture at Westinghouse Electric Company, responsible for Human Resources, Technical Training and Global Communications. In January 2019, his responsibilities were expanded to include the Security and the Facilities Management organizations.

Previously at Westinghouse, Mr. Massy was vice president of Global Talent Management throughout the company’s product lines and operating regions.

Prior to joining Westinghouse in 2015, Mr. 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, he led their regional talent practice in Asia while based in Singapore and laterally in Malaysia. Mr. Massy 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.

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 (MBA).

Pavan Pattada

Pavan Pattada

Executive Vice President, Global Operations Services

Pavan Pattada is executive vice president, Global Operations Services, with oversight of global supply chain, global engineering, manufacturing and other technical capabilities that provide support to the business units.  

Mr. Pattada joined Westinghouse in January 2019, following more than 15 years in increasingly responsible executive roles at Eaton Corporation. Throughout his career at Eaton, he served in global leadership roles with oversight of global supply chain management, transformation strategy and operations efficiency in manufacturing. Prior to his time at Eaton, Mr. Pattada was a manager at the operations and strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting.

Mr. Pattada holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in strategy and operations from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from L.B.S. College of Advanced Maritime Studies in Mumbai, India.

Bill Poirier

Interim President, EMEA Operating Plant Services

Bill Poirier was named interim president, EMEA Operating Plant Services in January 2019, bringing more than 50 years of nuclear industry experience as he leads sales and delivery for the EMEA core business for nuclear operating plant customers.

Mr. Poirier most recently served as vice president, China Projects, with responsibility for successfully delivering the first four AP1000® reactors in the Westinghouse fleet of new plants to China. He assumed this position in February 2005 and was a key leader on the proposal team that won the bid.

Prior to this role, Mr. Poirier lived in Paris from 2002 to 2005, where he served as president, Westinghouse Electrique France for Westinghouse’s Nuclear Services business. During his three years in France, Mr. Poirier successfully turned around two newly acquired French companies by integrating both companies into the Westinghouse global field services model and winning long-term contracts with Electricite de France.

Mr. Poirier joined Westinghouse in 1974, and spent his first 17 years with the company in positions of increasing responsibility in the startup and project management groups at the Prairie Island, Farley, V.C. Summer, Maanshan, Braidwood and Waste Island pilot plant sites. He proceeded to hold increasingly responsible leadership roles with oversight for customer satisfaction as well as technical and commercial performance at utility sites as well as Westinghouse locations.

Mr. Poirier is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program prior to joining Westinghouse.

Dan Sumner

Dan Sumner

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance

Dan Sumner is chief financial officer and executive vice president, Finance, responsible for Westinghouse’s global finance and strategy operations and focused on restoring and improving 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.

Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Mr. Sweeney is responsible for overseeing all legal operations of the global business activities of Westinghouse Electric Company. He has served as general counsel since August 2011. 

Mr. Sweeney joined Westinghouse in 2005 as an assistant general counsel for Nuclear Services. Beginning in 2006, Mr. Sweeney gained increasing responsibility within the legal organization and in 2010, was named vice president and deputy general counsel.   

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 Directors matters, Securities 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 Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh.