GE Hitachi names new president, CEO

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Following the successful closing of GE’s acquisition of Alstom’s power generation business, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said Jay Wileman has assumed the role of president and CEO of the Wilmington, North Carolina-based nuclear power firm.

Wileman’s appointment to this position is part of the company’s post-Alstom acquisition plan as prior president and CEO, Caroline Reda, transitions to a new role leading GE’s Power Services business for North America.

In his new position, Wileman will lead the global nuclear business, driving new plant, fuel and services strategies for the 60-year-old business, the first to connect a nuclear reactor to the commercial power grid in 1957.

“Jay’s appointment is a great example of the deep bench GE has in the energy space,” said Steve Bolze, President & CEO, GE Power. “His global experience combined with his nuclear-specific background will serve GEH very well. He is the right leader for this important time in the nuclear industry.”

Prior to today’s announcement, Wileman served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of GEH. He also led the company’s nuclear plant projects group where he helped secure Nuclear Regulatory Commission certification for the company’s latest reactor design, the ESBWR, oversaw the creation of a multi-year project development agreement with Dominion Virginia Power and assisted DTE Energy in obtaining the first ever NRC-approved, ESBWR-based combined construction and operating license.

Before re-joining GEH in 2012, Wileman led GE Energy’s efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, he led the team that provides integrated product and service solutions to meet Africa’s needs in oil, natural gas, power generation, water, renewables and grid modernization. He has also served in leadership roles in GE’s Global Mining, Equipment Services- Rail Services and Oil & Gas Global Services businesses since joining the company in 1994.

Wileman began his GE career in the nuclear business where he served for more than eight years in various leadership positions. Before joining GE, he was a nuclear fuel engineer and commercial manager at Southern Nuclear for nearly a decade.

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