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OPG appoints Jeff Lyash as new president and CEO

Industry veteran takes helm as OPG eyes Darlington Refurbishment and takes strides to improve finances

Jeffrey J. Lyash, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation. PHOTO: CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation

Jeffrey J. Lyash, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation. PHOTO: CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation

TORONTO—Ontario Power Generation has named Jeffrey Lyash its new president and CEO, effective Aug. 21, 2015. Mr. Lyash joins OPG from CB&I Power, where he headed one of the largest U.S. power engineering, procurement and construction organizations.

“Jeff is a proven leader with over 30 years’ industry experience and a history of producing excellent results in a wide range of business functions, from electricity generation to economic development and customer service,” OPG Board Chair, Bernard Lord, said. “We are fortunate to have secured someone of his talents and know-how, particularly when it comes to nuclear energy. His work on complex engineering projects will help ensure OPG’s refurbishment of Darlington Nuclear is delivered on time and budget.”

Mr. Lyash will take the helm of Ontario’s largest energy generator as the company prepares for the Darlington Refurbishment and continues efforts to improve its financial results.

Last year, OPG had one of its safest years on record, while achieving an increase in generation and a net income of $811 million. OPG said it also successfully delivered North America’s largest action to combat climate change when it stopped burning coal.

“I’m excited to join a company with such a rich legacy of public service in Ontario,” Lyash said. “OPG has an ambitious and challenging mandate. I look forward to working closely with the leadership team and employees across the province, who are considered to be among the best in the business.”

Lyash was formerly the president of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full scope engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.

Prior to joining CB&I in 2013, Lyash held a variety of senior positions at energy firms as well as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Comission. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, has held a Senior Reactor Operator License from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.

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