AEP names Joel Gebbie to lead Cook nuclear plant

Joel P. Gebbie has been named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of American Electric Power’s (AEP) Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant (Cook) in Bridgman, Mich., effective Jan. 1, 2016. Gebbie is currently site vice president at Cook, a dual-unit nuclear site with a total generating capacity of 2,150 megawatts.

Gebbie, 52, is replacing Larry Weber, who is retiring after 17 years with AEP and 37 years in the industry.

Gebbie will report to Robert P. Powers, AEP executive vice president and chief operating officer. Gebbie’s replacement as site vice president will be Shane Lies, Cook Plant vice president – engineering. Cook Projects Director Mark Lloyd will replace Lies as vice president – engineering. Jim Ross, Cook engineering director, will become Cook plant manager, replacing Sam Partin, who will take on a new role as site director.

Gebbie joined AEP in 1986 as a design engineer in Columbus and transferred to Cook in 1996 as a system engineer. He has served as site vice president since May 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio and completed Cook’s Management Certification Program.