PITTSBURGH, August 8, 2012 – Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that Mr. Ken Okuda has been appointed vice president and coordination officer for Westinghouse Nuclear Services, replacing Mr. Takeshi Tanazawa, who had filled that role since December 2006 and is currently Westinghouse senior vice president and chief coordination officer.
In his new role, Okuda will lead the ongoing effort to identify and realize opportunities for synergy between Westinghouse Nuclear Services and Toshiba Corporation while helping to expand business around the globe. Prior to his new role, Okuda served as senior specialist for Nuclear Energy Equipment Manufacturing in the Keihin Product Operation of the Toshiba Power Systems Company.
During his 20-year career, Mr. Okuda has been involved with both the new plant and operational plant areas, having significant experience in the maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment and components. Primarily devoted to the development, design and manufacturing of reactor pressure vessels and reactor vessel internals, Okuda served as liaison engineer from 2007 to 2008 to support the collaboration of reactor vessels and reactor vessel internals. Okuda is also familiar with other primary equipment of the AP1000® pressurized water reactor, having experience with the manufacturing of control rod drive mechanisms, working closely with Westinghouse engineers as well as those from Toshiba Nuclear Component Manufacturing.
Mr. Okuda holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He will be located at Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., USA. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.