Southern names new Chief Nuclear Officer

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) elected Danny G. Bost as chief nuclear officer, effective Oct. 17. Bost will be the executive responsible for the overall performance of Southern Nuclear's six operating plants.

Bost will replace Jeff Gasser, who has held the position since 2004. Gasser will report to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) as a loaned executive.

Bost comes to Southern Nuclear from serving as a Nuclear Safety Review Board (NSRB) consultant where he conducted nuclear safety reviews at facilities operated by Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE), Exelon (NYSE: EXC) and FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) since 2008.

Bost brings more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry to his new position. Prior to his NSRB consultant role, Bost was the site vice president of Exelon's Dresden Generating Station. He began his nuclear career in 1981 at Entergy (NYSE: ETR)'s Grand Gulf Station, where he served as engineering director and maintenance manager.

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