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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.

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.


Nick Liparulo

Nick Liparulo

Senior Vice President
Engineering, Equipment and Major Projects

As senior vice president of Westinghouse Engineering, Equipment and Major Projects (EE&MP), Nick Liparulo leads a global organization of nearly 3,200 employees at 20 major locations and a presence at sites in the United States, Europe and Asia. EE&MP’s goal is to safely and predictably provide high-quality products and services that improve reliability, capacity and efficiency of new and operating reactors during their plant life, as well as apply global experience and advanced technology to provide decommissioning and dismantling services after long, safe nuclear plant life.

Mr. Liparulo joined Westinghouse as an engineer in 1972, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility while working in all of the company’s business areas. In 1999 he was appointed vice president of Fuel Engineering; in 2001 he was named vice president, U.S./Asia Fuel; in 2008 he was appointed senior vice president of Nuclear Services; and in July 2013 he was named senior vice president, Engineering, Equipment and Major Projects.

Over the course of his Westinghouse career, Mr. Liparulo has managed diverse worldwide activities, including component design, safety analysis, the Westinghouse Owners Group, risk assessment, quality assurance, site modifications and maintenance, installation and control (I&C) design and delivery, fuel design and manufacturing, and licensing. He has served as the chairman of the Westinghouse Safety Review Committee and managed U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), EPRI, and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) interfaces for Westinghouse.

Mr. Liparulo has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored approximately 30 external publications and has three patent disclosures. He is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer, has served on the board of Columbia College (South Carolina), is on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, serves on the visitor’s board at the University of Pittsburgh and chairs the visiting committee for the university’s Chemical Engineering Department.


Jose Emeterio Gutierrez

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

Senior Vice President
Nuclear Fuel

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.

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
Automation & Field Services

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
Nuclear Power Plants

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. 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.


Rick Gabbianelli

Rick Gabbianelli

Senior Vice President
Global Strategy and Operations Support

Rick Gabbianelli is senior vice president, Global Strategy and Operations Support, where he leads the identification and implementation of the company’s key strategic priorities, such as sustaining growth, and prioritizing strategic investments. He also leads critical global activities to support the company's operations, including supply chain, information technology, facilities, and security.  

Since joining Westinghouse in 1996, Mr. Gabbianelli has held positions of increasing responsibility related to finance and strategy activities. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Gabbianelli served as vice president, Finance where he was responsible for all accounting, tax and financial planning activities for Westinghouse and directed the internal audit and risk management programs. Beginning in 2001 he worked in the Nuclear Services business, first as controller and then as vice president of Finance and Strategy.

Prior to joining Westinghouse, Mr. Gabbianelli was controller and chief accounting officer for IES Industries Inc. where he was responsible for all accounting and tax matters and financial interface with regulators. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co., an international CPA firm.

Mr. Gabbianelli holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Public Accountant.


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. 

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.


Fumihiko Ishibashi

Fumihiko Ishibashi

Senior Vice President & Chief Coordination Officer

Fumihiko Ishibashi is senior vice president and chief coordination officer for Westinghouse Electric Company LLC.

Mr. Ishibashi brings more than 25 years of nuclear industry experience to his new position. His career at Toshiba began in 1987 as a member of the Nuclear System Engineering Department for Reactor Cooling Systems. He has since held a number of positions with increasing responsibility within Toshiba Power Systems Company, both in Japan and the United States.

Mr. Ishibashi has served as vice president, Licensing for the U.S. ABWR Project at Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE); senior manager of the Nuclear Plant Planning Engineering Department and senior manager, Nuclear Safety Systems Engineering Department.

Mr. Ishibashi is one of leading experts who was fully engaged following the Fukushima Daiichi Accident in 2011, where he was responsible for the cooling of the reactors and spent fuel pools in Fukushima Daiichi Units 2&3 and 5&6.

A native of Osaka, Japan, Mr. Ishibashi holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in naval architecture, both from the University of Tokyo. He is also a member of Atomic Energy Society of Japan. Mr. Ishibashi currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.