TVA Names Simmons as Watts Bar Site Vice President

Paul Simmons has been named site vice president at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. Previously vice president of Unit 2 startup activities at the plant, he will oversee all daily operational activities in his new role.

 “As we complete Power Ascension Testing and move into dual-unit operation, leadership is focused on one goal — the direct oversight needed to achieve excellence in all aspects of nuclear operations, which ensures the health and safety of employees and our neighbors in the Tennessee Valley,” said TVA Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Grimes.

Simmons joined TVA in 1986 and held a number of leadership roles at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, including plant manager, before joining the Watts Bar executive team in 2015. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and was licensed as a senior reactor operator by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1995.

“Paul’s extensive operational experience will provide crucial leadership continuity between the two Watts Bar units,” said Grimes. “In addition, his proven ability to manage organizational effectiveness will facilitate a smooth transition as Unit 2 is fully integrated with Unit 1.

Kevin Walsh, the previous site vice president of Watts Bar, will focus on the site’s long-term strategic planning, positioning Watts Bar Unit 2 to effectively transition into the seventh unit in the TVA fleet, Grimes said.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity.

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