Horizon appoints Duncan Hawthorne as CEO

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced the appointment of Duncan Hawthorne as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Hawthorne’s appointment, which takes effect on 1 May, is in addition to Alan Raymant who will remain as Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Hawthorne is an internationally known and widely respected nuclear industry leader who joins Horizon following 15 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power in Canada which operates one of the world’s largest operating nuclear facilities. A Scottish born and educated engineer, Mr Hawthorne has held a wide range of leadership positions in the UK, United States and Canada. He served as Chair of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Atlanta Centre and until recently was President of WANO’s Governing Board. His contribution to the Canadian energy sector was also recognised when he was awarded Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. In addition, he has been on Horizon’s Board of Directors since 2013.

Responding to his appointment Duncan Hawthorne said, “I am very pleased to be joining this organisation which has ambitious plans for the future and I hope to be able to add my experience in plant operations and leadership to help complement the many talented people who already are part of the Horizon workforce. I will be building on the strong progress made to date under Alan Raymant’s leadership and I look forward to working with him and the team, to ensure this success continues.”

For Hitachi, who wholly own Horizon, Tatsuro Ishizuka, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Hitachi Europe, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Power System Business in Europe and Chairman of the Board, Horizon Nuclear Power said: “We are delighted to have someone of Mr Hawthorne’s experience and background in nuclear operations lead our activities in the UK. Mr Hawthorne brings to us experience gained from many years in the UK nuclear Industry and this combined with the international operation, project development and commercial activities he has been involved in for the last 20 years makes him the perfect choice for Horizon”.