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APS Names Maria Lacal Nuclear Plant SVP of Regulatory & Oversight

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) promoted Maria Lacal to senior vice president of regulatory and oversight at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station effective immediately.
Lacal succeeds Dwight Mims, who is retiring October 2016 following a nine-year career at Palo Verde and a 39-year career in the nuclear industry. In her new position, Lacal will oversee regulatory affairs, nuclear assurance, performance improvement, site programs and employee concerns and nuclear safety culture.
Lacal joined APS as director of strategic planning at Palo Verde in 2007. She was named vice president, operations support for the plant in January 2011. Prior to that, she served as general manager, emergency services and support and director, strategic planning. Prior to joining APS, she served as director of operations support for the nuclear division of Florida Power & Light.
Lacal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami and recently completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She received a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior reactor operator license in 1996.
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