Source: NEI | Release | January 9, 2017

  • CNO Pietrangelo to retire after more than 35 years in the industry
  • Kotek to lead NEI’s policy and public affairs efforts
  • Marshall promoted to vice president of governmental affairs

The Nuclear Energy Institute announced several changes to its senior leadership team last week. Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Anthony Pietrangelo will retire Jan. 13 following a more than 35-year career in the nuclear energy industry, including 28 years at NEI and its predecessor organizations. John Kotek, one of the federal government’s top-ranking nuclear energy experts, joined NEI as vice president of policy development and public affairs; and Beverly Marshall, NEI’s acting vice president of governmental affairs for the past four months, was promoted to the position on a permanent basis.

As chief nuclear officer, Pietrangelo has been responsible for executive oversight of technical and regulatory issues related to new plant development, current plant operations and fuel cycle activities. He was instrumental in leading industry efforts to address the lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan.

“Tony Pietrangelo has done a tremendous job leading the technical and regulatory focused activities at the Nuclear Energy Institute, and his contributions to the overall safety and operational effectiveness of U.S. nuclear power plants are significant. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues at NEI and throughout the industry. We wish him and his family members nothing but the best,” NEI President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Korsnick said.

John Kotek’s arrival and Beverly Marshall’s promotion come as NEI implements a restructuring begun last August to integrate its government relations, policy and communications disciplines within a new external affairs division.

Kotek will be responsible for providing policy and public affairs leadership on financial, economic, tax, electricity market and environmental issues related to the nuclear energy industry. He has served as acting assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy since July 2015. He had been appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in DOE’s nuclear energy office in January 2015. Prior to that, Kotek was the managing partner of Gallatin Public Affairs, a public affairs and strategic communications consulting company in Boise, Idaho. From 2003-2006, Kotek was deputy manager of DOE’s Idaho Operations Office. Before joining DOE in July 2003, he worked for Argonne National Laboratory as the Generation IV and nuclear-hydrogen programs manager.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that John Kotek is joining the Nuclear Energy Institute,” Korsnick said. “Beyond being one of the nation’s experts with regard to nuclear energy technology, John has a unique grasp of the nexus of policy, business and environmental considerations that will serve NEI and the nuclear energy industry extremely well.”

“This is an exciting time to re-enter the commercial sector and join the NEI team,” Kotek said. “This is a particularly important time to advance solutions that preserve existing nuclear power plants and galvanize resources to commercialize the advanced technologies that will cement nuclear energy’s beneficial role for generations to come.”

Kotek succeeds NEI Vice President of Policy Development and Planning Revis James, who is moving to the United Kingdom in February.

“NEI also is thrilled to promote Beverly Marshall, an accomplished government relations professional who knows energy and federal affairs inside and out,” Korsnick said.

“In Washington, D.C., the nuclear energy industry is presented with the opportunity to be recognized as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. At the state level, it’s already clear that nuclear energy will be front and center on the energy and environmental agenda in several legislatures,” Marshall said.

Prior to joining NEI as senior director of governmental affairs in May 2014, Marshall was vice president of federal policy and government affairs for Duke Energy Corp. She managed the company’s Washington, D.C., office and served as Duke’s primary liaison with members of Congress and congressional staff.