PG&E Names John Conway Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer; Bill Harper Chief Diversity Officer
Release Date: February 21, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
Conway is assuming the role previously held by Jack Keenan, who was named chief operating officer in January 2008.
In his new role, Conway will be responsible for the safe, efficient and reliable operations of Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) and will serve as the lead contact with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Conway will report to Jack Keenan.
“John’s unwavering commitment to safety and long track record of successfully managing nuclear operations makes him an ideal chief nuclear officer,” said Bill Morrow, Pacific Gas and Electric Company president and CEO. “We look forward to his continued contributions as he takes on his new role.”
Conway currently serves as interim chief nuclear officer and DCPP site vice president. Before coming to the utility last May, Conway was site vice president of the Monticello Nuclear Plant in Minnesota. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
Jim Becker, currently vice president and station director of DCPP, will assume the position of site vice president. A 25-year veteran of Diablo Canyon, Becker will be responsible for the plant’s day-to-day operations and will report to Conway.
PG&E today also named Bill Harper to the newly-created role of chief diversity officer. In this role, Harper will be responsible for the cross-departmental coordination of all diversity-related programs, including the company’s industry-leading supplier diversity program, recruitment and training efforts, employee associations, community outreach
programs, and customer diversity services. Harper will report to Pacific Gas and Electric Company President and CEO Bill Morrow.
“Bill is well qualified to take PG&E’s commitment to building and training a diverse workforce to the next level,” said Morrow. “PG&E serves among the most diverse group of natural gas and electric customers in the United States, and ensuring we have a workforce and supplier programs that are responsive to their needs is essential to the success of our business.”
Harper currently serves as PG&E’s vice president of shared services and chief procurement officer. Des Bell will assume the role vacated by Harper and will be responsible for leading the utility’s supply chain, materials operations, supplier diversity, transportation services and corporate real estate work. Bell currently serves as vice president and utility chief of staff, and has 25 years of experience in supply chain and logistics management. In his new role, Bell will report to Jack Keenan.
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