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David F.  Garchow
David F. Garchow

VP of International Operations, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (Retired)

David has demonstrated applied expertise in nuclear operations, leadership, organizational assessment, and risk management gained through over 30 years of progressive management and executive experience in the nuclear power industry.
While employed by Arizona Public Service and Public Service Electric and Gas, David held leadership and executive positions at multi-unit nuclear unit sites (Palo Verde, Salem, and Hope Creek) including Director of Engineering, Plant Manager, Vice President Nuclear Operations, and Vice President of Engineering and Projects. At the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), prior to his retirement in July 2017, David held Vice President Technical Support and Vice President INPO International Program. At his retirement, Dave was serving as the Director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Atlanta Centre. Following retirement, David served on the Entergy Nuclear Safety Review Committee from 2018-2020 and has aided the Japanese Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI) develop and implement a Japanese nuclear industry equivalent to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.
David is a graduate of Michigan State University, Keller Graduate School of Management, Wharton Business School, Advanced Management Program, and the Emory University Nuclear Boards of Directors Institute. David was licensed by the US NRC and performed duties as Senior Reactor Operator at the Palo Verde Nuclear Station.
Noteworthy experiences/accomplishments:
• As Plant Manager, led recovery of the PSEG Salem Nuclear Power Plant from a regulatory shutdown, achieving highest rating in Operations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) during the first post-shutdown operating cycle.
• Led the development of several US key industry nuclear excellence standards and principles documents including nuclear safety, risk management, and leadership. These documents formed basis for several global nuclear standards documents utilized by WANO.
• Led an initiative to harmonize global nuclear industry documents describing nuclear safety culture. This resulted in the NRC, WANO, INPO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) all utilizing the same descriptors for nuclear safety culture principles and attributes.
• Led a global review team for an on-site safety review of the damaged reactors at Fukashima Nuclear Plant. Provided recommendations directly to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) CEO regarding actions needed to ensure that additional fuel damage and l radioactive releases were minimized.
• Led over 30 global nuclear plant safety evaluations and corporate multi-discipline team reviews and reported results to Chief Executive Officers or Boards of Directors.

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