TVA shakes up executive staff

TVA shakes up executive staff

February 5th, 2009 in Local - Breaking News

The Tennessee Valley Authority is reshuffling its executive staff, in part to help respond to the challenges of cleaning up the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant, the utility announced today.

Preston Swafford, formerly head of TVA's coal operations, will become TVA's nuclear chief, the utility said. Mr. Swafford replaces Bill Campbell, who is being named to a new position over engineering operations.

John McCormick, senior vice president of fossil operations, will head most of the coal and gas-fired plants at TVA to replace Mr. Swafford, TVA announced.

Anda Ray will be the project executive for the environmental remediation of the Kingston site, responsible for the overall scope and recovery strategy and public interaction.

In a memo to TVA employees Thursday, TVA President Tom Kilgore said the Dec. 22 ash spill at Kingston means the utility must staff a recovery effort that is essential but unexpected.

"As we have moved through the initial six weeks after the incident, we have to look at the longer-term project management issues," he wrote. "As such, we are announcing several moves today."

Mr. Kilgore said the changes are designed to establish project management for the Kingston recovery effort, strengthen TVA engineering overall under Mr. Campbell and ensure leadership of TVA's major operations.

Bob Deacy will be the construction executive for the recovery at Kingston as well as ash and gypsum remediation efforts at all TVA coal plants. All the capital project management for those initiatives will be under his charge.

As a team, both Ms. Ray and Mr. Deacy will report directly to Mr. Kilgore for the Kingston work.

Tim Hope will be the Kingston project manager and Paul LaPointe will be responsible for the project's onsite environmental activities, TVA announced.

As part of the corporate realignment, Mr. Campbell, the current nuclear chief, will become the senior vice president in charge of all TVA fleet engineering.

"One of our goals is to improve the focus and execution of engineering across the TVA system," said Bill McCollum, TVA's chief operating officer.

Mr. Swafford, who moves from heading fossil production to head of TVA's three nuclear power plants, previously worked in TVA's nuclear power division. He joined TVA in 2006.

"Preston's strong nuclear background makes him an excellent fit for that position," Mr. McCollum said.