Brad Berryman, Chief Nuclear Officer
Brad Berryman serves Talen Energy as its senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer, responsible for the Susquehanna nuclear power plant, a two-unit, 2,500 megawatt facility in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Berryman joined Susquehanna in early 2017 in the role of site vice president for Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC. In this role he was responsible for all plant operations and personnel. During his tenure as site vice president, Mr. Berryman was central to the Susquehanna plant’s performance improvement in the areas of operations, finance and safety, leading the plant from third quartile to top decile performance and rankings. He was appointed Chief Nuclear Officer in September 2018.
With more than two decades of extensive commercial nuclear experience, Mr. Berryman has held positions of increasing importance spanning various technical, operational, training and financial capacities. Prior to joining the Company, he served as station director at NextEra Energy Resources’ Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station, a dual unit Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) site in Homestead, Fla. Prior to his work at Turkey Point, Mr. Berryman served as vice president of site operations and general plant manager at Arizona Public Service’s Palo Verde Station, the nation’s largest power station with three pressurized water reactors (PWRs) able to generate more than 3.3 gigawatts of electricity in total. Mr. Berryman was promoted to that position from business director, facilitating long range equipment plans, managing capital, operations and maintenance budgets. He was responsible for the well-being of nearly 1,500 team members while helping to improve Palo Verde’s capacity factor, outage performance, and returning Palo Verde to an industry rating of “Excellence.”
He began his nuclear career at Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO), investing a decade of service there. He rose successfully from shift manager/control room supervisor through the ranks of refueling outage manager, work management manager, and operations manager to general manager of plant operations before joining Palo Verde.
Mr. Berryman served in the U.S. Navy for six years as part of the submarine fast attack fleet. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, earning a bachelor of science degree with honors in Organizational Management.
Kevin Cimorelli, Site Vice President
Commercial nuclear industry veteran Kevin Cimorelli currently serves as site vice president at Talen Energy’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa. Since joining Susquehanna in 2011, Mr. Cimorelli has served in progressively challenging positions including director, strategic planning & improvements, programs general manager and operations general manager.
Prior to joining Susquehanna, Mr. Cimorelli served as a senior evaluator in maintenance and work management disciplines for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Through that experience, he possesses deep evaluation and assessment experience – both in preparation for and execution of formal inspections.
As a leader within the corporate environment at FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corporation (FENOC) based in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Cimorelli was promoted to the position of director of fleet support at FENOC. Prior to that, he served as director of maintenance at FENOC’s Perry Nuclear Power Station, the only Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) in FirstEnergy’s nuclear fleet. His nuclear experience there included work as an ASME-certified quality inspector, work control manager, outages manager and engineering technical services manager, as well as director of work control, outage management and maintenance.
Mr. Cimorelli graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland’s David Myers College with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management. He also earned a degree in Electrical Technology from Kent State University, Cleveland, and has completed several courses in system integrated operations, as well as executive financial and leadership.
Derek Jones, Plant General Manager
Derek Jones serves Susquehanna nuclear power plant as its plant general manager, a position he was promoted to following his successful service as station operations manager for nearly three years. He joined Susquehanna as accreditation program manager in early 2014 to assist the Station in its program accreditation renewal efforts, and provided oversight and support to the Operations and Training departments.
As plant general manager, Mr. Jones became responsible for the Operations, Maintenance, Radiation Protection, Chemistry, On-Line and Outage departments in early 2017. As a result, and for the first time in recent Station memory, all departments responsible for safe and reliable nuclear operations performance report directly to Mr. Jones.
As Susquehanna’s operations manager from 2014 until early in 2017, Mr. Jones ensured the safe and conservative operation of Susquehanna in accordance with existing procedures and operational standards. In this role, he was focused on improving leadership behaviors—a performance gap the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) had been interested in helping to close, and one he believed offered one of the best opportunities for performance improvement.
Prior to his arrival at Susquehanna, Mr. Jones served at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant for more than 15 years, most recently as its operations manager. He received his senior reactor operator license in 2005 after beginning his nuclear career as an auxiliary operator.
Mr. Jones earned a bachelor of science degree in Applied Science and Technology, Nuclear Technology, from the Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J.