Mark A. Satorius named NRC’s new executive director for operations

Mark A. Satorius, head of the NRC’s Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management, has been selected as the agency’s new Executive Director of Operations, Chairman Allison Macfarlane announced today. His selection is effective August 25.

The position serves as the chief operating officer of the NRC, and directs the operational and administrative functions for the day-to-day operations of the agency. Bill Borchardt, the outgoing EDO, is retiring after 30 years of service. The EDO is appointed by the NRC Chairman, with approval of the four Commissioners.

“I am confident in Mark’s technical competence and unwavering commitment to safety and security,” said Macfarlane. “He will bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to the task of ensuring that our agency remains focused on our core mission and continues to be a great place to work in the federal government.”

Satorius joined the NRC in 1989, serving in Region IV as an Operator Licensing Examiner, and later as a Reactor Inspector and Senior Project Engineer. He has also served in a variety of leadership positions at the NRC, including: Deputy Director in the Office of Enforcement, Chief of the Performance Assessment Section in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Deputy Director of Reactor Projects in Region IV, Director of Reactor Projects in Region III, and Regional Administrator for Region III. He became Director of the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs in October 2011.

Prior to joining the NRC, Satorius served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer.