Prominent Nuclear Industry Executive Brings Experience Managing Multi-billion Dollar Global Businesses
IRVINE, Calif. - Tuesday, March 10th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE) Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear and hazardous waste management, announced it has appointed Jacques Besnainou as president. Besnainou will join Kurion CEO Bill Gallo and Founder John Raymont in the company’s Office of the CEO.
Gallo and Raymont said, “We are delighted to welcome an executive of Jacques’ caliber to Kurion. Jacques is the right leader at the right time to help us realize the company’s full potential.”
Kurion is on a steep growth trajectory, driven by deployment of its nuclear waste technologies in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Since 2013, it has opened offices in Warrington, England, and Tokyo, Japan, to support its expansion in these regions. The company also announced several major projects and acquisitions related to the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and Hanford sites. Besnainou had been consulting to Kurion since mid-2014, assisting in the development of its global strategies.
Besnainou commented on the news, “I have followed the growth of Kurion and have been highly impressed with the company’s technologies, business model and world-class team. I am convinced that Kurion has the potential to be a major global player in the nuclear waste technology market, and I am excited to join the company at this important moment in its development.”
Prior to joining Kurion, Besnainou led major divisions of AREVA, the world’s largest nuclear services company. He led a staff of several thousand to manage AREVA’s global back-end business group, which includes used fuel recycling, waste management, mixed oxide (MOX) fuel supply and worldwide nuclear logistics. Following this, Besnainou led AREVA’s North American business as President and CEO of AREVA, Inc.
Previously, Besnainou played a pivotal role in the development and sale of Ecobilan, a global environmental consulting group, to PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and a Master’s degree in public policy from MINES Paris Tech. Besnainou lives in Washington, D.C.
Kurion creates technology solutions to access, separate and stabilize nuclear and hazardous waste to isolate it from the environment. Kurion’s suite of technologies and engineering capabilities offer a platform to address the most-challenging waste sites worldwide. Founded in 2008, Kurion is backed by leading energy investors Lux Capital, Firelake Capital Management and Acadia Woods Partners. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has facilities in Richland, Wash., Idaho Falls, Idaho, Houston, Texas, Westminster, Colo., Warrington, England, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit www.kurion.com.
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