2 Jan (NucNet): Teodor Chirica has been appointed president of Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom for two years from 1 January 2018, Foratom said in a statement today.
Mr Chirica has been Foratom vice-president since 2017 and replaces Bertrand de L’Epinois, senior vice-president for safety standards at Areva, who has reached the end of his mandate.
Mr Chirica has over 40 years’ experience in the Romanian nuclear energy industry. He has been involved in the development of Candu reactors at the Cernavoda nuclear station since the early 70s and has worked for the Candu Owners Group. He was chief executive officer of Romanian nuclear operator Nuclearelectrica from March 2005 until January 2009. Since October 2017, Mr Chirica has been senior adviser to the CEO of Nuclearelectrica.
Foratom also announced the appointment of Esa Hyvärinen, senior vice-president of corporate relations at Finland-based utility Fortum, as vice-president.