21 January 2009 – Joseph “Joe” Jensen has been named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of American Electric Power‘s D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich., effective Jan. 26. Jensen has been a vice president at Cook since 2003, most recently with responsibilities for design and plant engineering, technical projects and support services. Cook is a dual-unit nuclear site with a total generating capacity of 2,150 MW.
Jensen is replacing Mike Rencheck, who is now president and CEO of Areva NP Inc. in Lynchburg, Va. Jensen will report to Akins. Raymond “Ray” Hruby Jr. has been named vice president of site support services at Cook, replacing and reporting to Jensen.
AEP’s Cook Unit 1 has been out of service since Sept. 20, 2008. The expected return-to-service timeline ranges from the second half of 2009 to 2010.
Jensen, 50, joined AEP in 2003. He served as site vice president at Cook from October 2003 to January 2008, when he was named vice president of site support services. Before joining AEP, Jensen was plant manager at the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, Wis.
Hruby, 49, joined AEP in March 2008 as director of major projects at Cook. Before joining AEP, Hruby worked for 26 years in nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Corp. and Duquesne Light Co., including holding management positions in engineering, project management, operations, oversight and regulatory compliance.
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