New chief for WANO

27 February 2013

Ken Ellis will take over as managing director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in April. He comes from a background of operations at Bruce Power in Canada.

Ellis will replace George Felgate, formally taking control on 1 April to be based at WANO's London office. He said his top priorities are the organisation's long-term plan and its post-Fukushima work.

Ellis served Bruce Power as executive vice president of strategic support and formerly as chief nuclear officer. His career spans 31 years of nuclear operations, maintenance and engineering.

Outgoing managing director George Felgate plans to retire. He took up the role in 2009 after 27 years at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) during which he rose to become vice president of plant operations. He oversaw WANO's recent restructuring, set up an Executive Leadership Team and expanded and relocated the London office.

WANO was established in 1989 as a forum for the exchange of safety knowledge and operating experience among all nuclear operators worldwide. The move was a reaction to the 1986 accident at Chernobyl and WANO was modelled on INPO, which was itself the US industry's response to the 1978 accident at Three Mile Island.

An office in London hosts WANO's central secretariat, while its work programs are executed by regional WANO centres in Atlanta, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo as well as by a smaller office in Hong Kong focused on pre-startup reviews.

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