TVA appoints Joseph Grimes as Chief Nuclear Officer

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today the appointment of Joseph Grimes as executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of the organization.

Grimes will report to Charles Pardee, executive vice president and chief generation officer, and be responsible for leading, operating and optimizing TVA's nuclear fleet as part of TVA's portfolio of nuclear, gas, coal and renewable power generation.

Currently senior vice president of Engineering and Technical Services for Exelon Nuclear, Grimes will replace Preston Swafford, TVA executive vice president and chief nuclear officer, who is retiring. He will relocate to Chattanooga, Tenn.

According to TVA, Grimes has more than 30 years of experience in operations, maintenance and engineering management and support of nuclear generating stations. In addition to his operating management experience, Grimes has held positions on the Electric Power Research Institute Nuclear Power Council, Boiling Water Reactor Owners Group Executive Council and the Drexel University Engineering Advisory Board.

Grimes holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He completed the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, has studied at St. Joseph University's MBA program and is a licensed senior reactor operator.

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