TVA names new bosses for Sequoyah nuclear plant

TVA names new bosses for Sequoyah nuclear plant

March 1st, 2017 by Dave Flessner in Breaking News

Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant near Soddy Daisy

Photo by Dave Flessner /Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Valley Authority today announced organizational changes for its Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, naming Anthony L. "Tony" Williams as site vice president and Matt Rasmussen as plant manager.

Williams will join TVA on March 13 after working at Entergy Nuclear where he was general manager of plant operations for Palisades Nuclear Plant. He has worked in the power utility industry for 26 years at Entergy and Public Service Electric & Gas plants. Williams earned his MBA from Rutgers University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University . He was a licensed senior reactor operator at both Salem Nuclear Generating Station and Indian Point Energy Center.

"Tony's outstanding nuclear operations background will infuse external leadership talent into the organization to help move the station toward sustained performance improvement," said Mike Balduzzi, who TVA named last year as its chief nuclear officer. "He brings a strong track record of building high-performing organizations to the senior leadership role at Sequoyah."

Williams succeeds Greg Boerschig, who has been acting as interim site vice president for Sequoyah and will  return to TVA's corporate nuclear organization as vice president of quality assurance later this month.

Rasmussen has been Sequoyah's maintenance director since 2015 and will assume the plant manager role next week. He began his TVA career at Browns Ferry in 2002 following graduation from Auburn University with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Browns Ferry, he progressed through increasing leadership roles including unit supervisor, operations superintendent and work management director. He earned his senior reactor operator license and shift technical advisor qualification in 2006.

"He is a respected Sequoyah team member with a reputation for focusing on the appropriate actions to ensure that Sequoyah's nuclear units perform safely and reliably," Balduzzi said of Rasmussen.

Preston Pratt, Sequoyah's current plant manager, will  join the corporate nuclear organization this month and will focus on improving organizational effectiveness.

The Sequoyah nuclear plant near Soddy-Daisy is one of three TVA operating nuclear plants. The twin-reactor Wetsinghouse pressurized reactors at Sequoyah began power generation in 1981. Combined, the two reactors are capable of producing more than 2,400 megawatts of power, or enough power to supply four cities the size of Chattanooga.