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04 Apr 2013


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BRUSSELS, April 4, 2013 -- Westinghouse Electric Company has appointed Véronique Decobert to the position of director, Nuclear Regulatory Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region, effective April 1, 2013.

In today’s post-Fukushima environment, the nuclear industry is facing a diverse, complex and ever-changing European regulatory landscape. As a major player, it is imperative that Westinghouse have a coordinated regulatory approach in all parts of the world. In the EMEA region, Ms. Decobert will ensure that Westinghouse is an active participant in various nuclear forums and a point of contact for European Commission initiatives concerning the nuclear regulation.  She will also be responsible for facilitating dialogue with Member State regulators to provide an expert perspective on available advanced nuclear technologies and procedures. 

Ms. Decobert joined Westinghouse in February 2009 as director, Engineering Services (ES) France. In June 2012, she was appointed director, ES and Installation and Modification Services (IMS) France. Previously, Ms. Decobert spent 26 years at AREVA, where she held various positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Westinghouse, she was the Safety, Health and Security director for the entire AREVA group. Ms. Decobert is experienced in fuel cycle engineering, has provided project supervision for the construction of La Hague reprocessing plant, and has a thorough understanding of the procedures for transporting nuclear materials. She served as Quality, Health, Safety and Environment director in the La Hague reprocessing plant prior to working as nuclear safety inspector.

Ms. Decobert is the past president of the French Society for Radiation Protection. Since 2000, she is a recognized expert within the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). She earned an engineering degree in general chemistry from the National Chemistry Graduate School in Paris (ENSCP France), a graduate degree in chemical engineering from the National Oil & Motors Graduate School (ENSPM) in France, and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the State University of New York at Albany.

Ms. Decobert will be co-located at the company's Orsay, France office and EMEA regional headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. She will report directly to Mike Kirst, EMEA vice president of Strategy and External Relations.

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including more than 50 percent of those in Europe.