CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Oswald “Ike” Zeringue, a former president and chief operating officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority, is being honored with the Nuclear Excellence Award by the World Association of Nuclear Operators.
The award is the industry’s highest leadership honor, and was presented Tuesday at the association’s general meeting in Toronto, Canada. WANO presents the award every two years to recognize people who have made contributions to excellence in the operation of nuclear plants or the infrastructure that supports the nuclear power industry worldwide.
“I am honored to have been selected for the industry’s Nuclear Excellence award,” said Zeringue. “I also appreciate all those who have worked with me through the years. I would not be where I am today without their hard work and support.”
He most recently played an integral role in the completion of Watts Bar Unit 2. Zeringue was nominated for the award by Mike Skaggs, the senior vice president for Watts Bar Operations and Construction.
“Ike exemplifies the best of our industry,” said Skaggs. “His commitment to safety, performance fundamentals and high standards has contributed to increasing excellence in nuclear power generation.”
During his 40-year career, Zeringue has generated a record of achievements spanning the completion of nuclear units to oversight of the nation’s largest public power generation and transmission system.
Zeringue’s career began in 1975 as a nuclear engineer at TVA, supporting the startup and initial operation of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. He later held various leadership positions at TVA until he retired in 2005 as the company’s president and chief operating officer.
Zeringue is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds a nuclear engineering degree from North Carolina State University.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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