New heads for Foratom

2 December 2009

The European nuclear industry trade association Foratom has elected a new president, Dr. Ralf Güldner of E.ON Kernkraft and vice president, Per-Olof Waessman of Vattenfall . They will each serve for a period of 2 years from 1 December 2009.

Dr. Ralf Güldner is vice chairman of the Board of Management of E.ON Kernkraft. He will succeed Paul Rorive as president of Foratom .

Dr. Güldner joined Siemens in 1981 and worked in the nuclear fuel business for twenty years before becoming managing director of Framatome ANP, which is now Areva NP.In 2006, he was appointed executive vice president of Areva NP responsible for its global nuclear fuel business. In September 2008, he joined E.ON Kernkraft as managing director responsible for new build, decommissioning and fuel management. He has also served as chairman of the German Nuclear Society and from 2006 – 2008 was chairman of the World Nuclear Association.

Per-Olof Waessman has been elected vice president of Foratom. Mr Waessman is chief nuclear officer at Vattenfall, where he is responsible for nuclear safety issues and is the Executive Group Management’s nuclear expert. Mr. Waessman has accumulated over thirty years experience in reactor safety and technology, nuclear management, operations and maintenance. Prior to joining Vattenfall he worked for five years as director of boiling water reactor technology at Westinghouse Sweden.


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