NEI VP Richard Myers plans to retire

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO Marvin Fertel, who has already announced plans to retire at the end of 2016, said Feb. 11 that Richard Myers, NEI Vice President for Policy Development, Planning and Supplier Programs, will also be retiring this year.

Fertel made the announcement during his annual nuclear financial briefing for the Wall Street community. Fertel noted that it would be the last such briefing for both him and Myers.

“Before I let you all run out in the cold weather … Richard Myers who many of you know, is also retiring at the end of the year, which you may not know,” Fertel said. “NEI will continue to interface with you even without Richard and I,” Fertel told the New York financial gathering, which was webcast.

Myers is responsible for NEI’s business programs, including efforts to address market issues that impact operating nuclear plants; environmental policy; used nuclear fuel policy; support for suppliers of equipment, services and fuel, and financing and tax issues. NEI’s Policy Development Division is also responsible for developing NEI’s annual business plan, monitoring energy policy issues and market trends, and liaison with the financial community.

A former journalist, Myers joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness (USCEA)—one of NEI’s predecessor organizations—in 1987 as director of editorial programs.

Myers received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y., and completed the University of Michigan Business School’s Electric Utility Executive Program in 1993.

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