TVA names new leaders for three nuclear plants


The Tennessee Valley Authority has named new leaders for two of its three nuclear power plants.

Matt Rasmussen, who has been site director at the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, was named to head TVA’s oldest and biggest nuclear facility as site director at the Browns Ferry plant near Athens, Alabama. Rasmussen will be succeeded at the end of the month at Sequoyah by Tom Marshall, who is currently vice president of TVA nuclear engineering.

“Both Matt and Tom bring a wealth of experience and plant knowledge, now leading the nuclear sites where they first began their TVA nuclear careers,” TVA Nuclear Chief Tim Rausch said. “We are fortunate to have homegrown leaders of this talent and capability, who have held numerous leadership roles in our nuclear fleet.”

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Contributed photo by TVA / Tom Marshall

Rasmussen is returning to where his nuclear career began at Browns Ferry, the three-reactor facility that first began operation in 1966 and was once the world’s biggest nuclear power plant. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, and an Auburn University graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. Rasmussen began his career as an engineer at Browns Ferry in 2002 and earned his senior operator license there in 2006.

The former Browns Ferry site vice president, Steve Bono, is serving in a nuclear fleet support role until his formal retirement date of Dec. 4.

Marshall succeeds Rasmussen as site vice president at Sequoyah, beginning Nov. 30. Marshall joined TVA in 1993 as a senior reactor operator at Sequoyah, following eight years of service in the U.S. Navy.

Marshall is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering. Marshall recently served as the fleet’s vice president of nuclear engineering, a role that will be filled on an interim basis by Mike Durr until a permanent selection is made.

The site directors are the highest officials at each nuclear plant.

TVA’s Sequoyah, Browns Ferry and Watts Bar nuclear plants collectively generated 42% of TVA’s electricity in fiscal 2020.

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