MONTREAL, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC) announces today the appointment of Preston Swafford to the role of Chief Nuclear Officer, President and CEO, Candu Energy, effective March 1, 2014. Based in Toronto and reporting to the Company's Power Group President, Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, Mr. Swafford will be responsible for growing SNC-Lavalin's nuclear business to meet the needs of its customers for technical services, major refurbishments and new builds across Canada and in key international markets.
Mr. Swafford joins SNC-Lavalin following a seven-year career at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he most recently held the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Nuclear Power Group. In that position, he was responsible for managing the company's nuclear fleet and providing stable power from six nuclear operating units.
Mr. Swafford joined TVA in 2006 as Senior Vice-President, Nuclear Support, before being appointed Executive Vice-President, Fossil Power Group, a year later. He has also held high-level positions at Exelon Corporation, including that of Senior Vice-President, Exelon Energy Delivery-Operations and Technical Service. Mr. Swafford holds a Master's of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Mr. Swafford has been certified as a Senior Reactor Operator on a U.S.-designed light water reactor. He has served as a member of the Nuclear Safety Review Board (NSRB) for the Ginna nuclear power plant in Rochester, New York, and as Chairman of the NSRB at the Bruce Power site in Tiverton, Ontario. He also serves as a member of the recently formed international advisory group to the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI).
"SNC-Lavalin played a pioneering role in developing the commercial nuclear industry in Canada in the 1960s, and has gone on to become the world's top provider of refurbishment expertise for CANDU reactors," said Robert G. Card, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "Preston's experience and multidisciplinary background in the industry will provide a strategic advantage to our customers and employees."
SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, and is a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 other countries around the world, and is currently active in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com
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