Westinghouse Appoints Jacques Besnainou Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Industry-recognized Leader to Spearhead Global Commercial Activities
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Westinghouse Electric Company has named Jacques Besnainou as Executive Vice President, Global Markets and Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Besnainou will lead Westinghouse’s global commercial strategy to deliver integrated enterprise-wide solutions and deepen customer relationships.
“I am excited to welcome a seasoned and respected leader such as Jacques to our talented team,” said Patrick Fragman, Westinghouse President and Chief Executive Officer. “Jacques brings valuable commercial expertise in global markets and deep customer understanding to drive transformative change. Under his leadership, we will further strengthen our customer connectivity while expanding our commercial scale and capabilities.”
“It is a distinct honor to join Westinghouse in such an exciting time for nuclear energy,” said Besnainou. “My heart has always been in the nuclear industry and my true passion is leading teams to new heights. I am thrilled to do what I love within Westinghouse – the iconic company in our industry.”
With more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear and energy industries, Jacques has held global executive roles with progressive expansion at the AREVA Group where he led the Back-End Business Group and the growth of the North American business. Before AREVA, he successfully developed and sold Ecobilan, an innovative start-up, specializing in life cycle analysis. More recently, he was President of Kurion, Inc, and provided executive consulting and strategic counsel across the energy and nuclear industries.
Jacques is a U.S. and French citizen and based in Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and engineering from École Polytechnique and a master’s in engineering and public policy from École des Mines de Paris, both in France.
Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants. Over 135 years of innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for advanced technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle. For more information, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Cathy Mann, Media@Westinghouse.com