American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has named Joel P. Gebbie senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan. His successor, Larry Weber, is retiring after 17 years with the company and nearly four decades in the industry.
“Larry has been an outstanding leader for Cook and developed an exceptional team that will ensure a seamless transition. Under Larry’s leadership, Cook secured a 20-year operating license renewal and began a $1.16 billion life-cycle management project to ensure safe, efficient operations for the next two decades,” said Robert P. Powers, AEP executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Currently serving as site vice president at Cook, a dual-unit nuclear site with total generating capacity of 2,150 MW, Gebbie joined AEP in 1986 as design engineer in Columbus. In 1996 he transferred to Cook as system engineer, and became site vice president in May 2010.
“Joel has been a key part of the Cook leadership team and has demonstrated that he’s the right person to head our nuclear operations going forward. During his time as site vice president, the plant set new safety and operational records, running more safely and reliably than at any other time in its history,” said Powers.
Along with Gebbie’s new position, AEP announced a series of promotions: Shane Lines, Cook vice president of engineering, replaces Gebbie as site vice president; Mark Lloyd, Cook projects director, replaces Lies; and Jim Ross, Cook engineering director, becomes plant manager as Sam Partin becomes the new site director.
The promotions take effect Jan. 1, 2016.
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