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MINNEAPOLIS – Xcel Energy Chief Nuclear Officer Dennis Koehl today announced a rotation among three top Nuclear Department executives, which results in new site vice presidents at Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear generating plants.
• On June 4, Jim Molden, vice president of engineering and nuclear regulatory compliance and licensing, will become site vice president at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.
• After assisting with Molden’s transition, Mark Schimmel, currently site vice president at Prairie Island, in mid-June will become site vice president at Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant.
• After assisting with Schimmel’s transition, Tim O’Connor, currently site vice president at Monticello, will succeed Molden as Xcel Energy’s vice president of engineering and nuclear regulatory compliance and licensing.
“We periodically reorganize our nuclear leadership team to bring new experiences and perspectives to our operations,” Koehl said. “Jim’s solid engineering background and strong facilitation skills will serve us well at Prairie Island.” Molden has 33 years of commercial nuclear experience with emphasis on maintenance, operations, engineering, security and training. He joined Xcel Energy in November 2010 as vice president of operations support before assuming his role as engineering and regulatory services vice president a year ago.
“Mark has an excellent background in work management and outage management, which will be put to good use as Monticello prepares for and completes its extended power uprate outage in 2013,” Koehl said. Schimmel has more than 34 years of commercial nuclear power experience with emphasis on plant management, maintenance, work control and construction. He joined Xcel Energy in 2008 and has been site vice president at Prairie Island since August 2009.
“Tim has extensive experience working with both boiling and pressurized water reactors and will leverage his knowledge of performance improvement to benefit both Monticello and Prairie Island,” Koehl said. O’Connor has 30 years of commercial nuclear experience, including work on improving plants’ regulatory, construction and overall performance. He joined Xcel Energy in 2007 as site vice president at Monticello.
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