Source: CNS | May 11, 2022
For more than three decades, Michelle Reichert has been a familiar face across the Nuclear Security Enterprise. She began her career in Y‑12’s Radiological Control organization and spent time in various organizations at Y‑12 before joining CNS as Pantex’s plant manager in 2014. For the last four years, she has been a steadfast presence in both Amarillo and Oak Ridge, first as the chief operating officer for Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, and then as CNS’s president and chief executive officer. Her leadership as president and CEO has helped guide CNS through an unprecedented pandemic, ensuring the sites continue to deliver on their important nuclear security mission for the nation, while also jumpstarting numerous major projects and workforce initiatives.
Michelle has informed the CNS Board of Managers and the National Nuclear Security Administration that she will retire, beginning a much-deserved post-nuclear portion of her life in Florida with her husband, Dan. Her retirement will be effective May 20, 2022. The job that Michelle has done at CNS has been nothing short of remarkable, and I offer my deepest thanks on behalf of the CNS Board of Managers.
Chief Operating Officer Bill Tindal will become acting CNS president and chief executive officer, effective May 20. Bill is a familiar face at both sites, and he and Michelle have already begun what I am confident will be a seamless transition. More details on leadership changes following Michelle’s retirement will be shared once we receive approvals from the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Since becoming COO in 2020, Bill has worked with leaders from Pantex and Y‑12 to focus on internal operations, detecting and responding to financial trends, and improving working relationships with design agencies. Through collaborative efforts with the NNSA Production Office, Bill has also been responsible for long-term strategic planning, integrated execution of mission work, enhancing disciplined operations, and establishing the foundation for a post-pandemic future at both sites. He was previously the Y‑12 site manager for six years. Bill began his career at Y‑12 in 1995 as a shift technical advisor in Building 9206, and during his time at Y‑12, he has served as vice president of production, manager of production facilities, and manager of Enriched Uranium Operations.