Executive Biographies

Patrick Fragman

President & Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Fragman became Westinghouse Electric Company president and chief executive officer in August 2019. Mr. Fragman brings nearly 30 years of global power and energy services experience to Westinghouse.

Prior to being named to Westinghouse’s highest leadership role, Mr. Fragman led transformation efforts at ABB, a global leader in digital industries in the area of electrification, industrial automation, motion, robotics and discrete automation, and power grids. As senior vice president of ABB’s Grid Integration Business, Mr. Fragman was accountable for an industry-leading global portfolio delivering leading power transmission systems, services and software solutions.

Prior to joining ABB, Mr. Fragman spent 15 years at Alstom, a multinational leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure. While there, he held a series of positions in Canada, China, France and the United States to develop and manage teams, project portfolios and businesses on a regional and global scale.

Mr. Fragman has been involved with the nuclear industry throughout his career, most recently as the head of Alstom Power’s Nuclear Business, as well as earlier in his career while working in various energy-focused roles within the French government including as Industrial, Energy and Nuclear Safety Advisor to the Minister of Environment & Land Planning. He was also a member of the board of the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) from 2013 to 2015.

Mr. Fragman received an engineering degree from École des Mines de Paris, where he was also part of the Corps des Mines, France’s foremost technical grand corps.

Tarik Choho

President, EMEA Operating Plant Services

Tarik Choho was named president, EMEA Operating Plant Services in August 2019, bringing more than 25 years of energy industry experience as he leads sales and delivery for the EMEA core business for nuclear operating plant customers.

Previously, as the chief commercial officer of AREVA Group, Choho led the company’s marketing and business development globally, as well as their EMEA business. Prior to leading the company’s commercial organization, he held a series of global technical and leadership positions within AREVA’s fuel recycling, nuclear material transportation and storage, fuel engineering and sales, mining and enrichment businesses.

Following his tenure at AREVA, Choho became a managing director and member of the management board of OCP Group, a world leader in phosphate-based fertilizers. While at OCP, Choho led the company’s commercial, strategy and development of group activities worldwide.

Choho is a graduate engineer in process engineering from École Polytechnique de Paris and in mechanical engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA). He holds a master’s degree in mathematics and automatics from Université Paris Dauphine as well as an executive business management degree from INSEAD.

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.

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.