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NFS names new president after Amerine steps down

On the heels of the sudden departure of company president David Amerine, Nuclear Fuel Services announced Tuesday former NFS Board of Directors member Joseph Henry has been named president of Erwin’s largest employer.

“Over the next several weeks, Joe will work closely with NFS senior management to facilitate a smooth transition,” Winfred Nash, NFS Board of Directors Chairman said in a NFS release. “We have made progress in the course set by our recovery strategy and its implementation plan, and we look forward to making further progress in operational performance under Joe’s leadership.”

NFS Director of Communications Lauri Turpin declined comment on Amerine’s departure Tuesday morning, saying it was NFS policy not to comment on personnel matters.

According to the release, Henry joins NFS with more than 20 years of management experience. Henry most recently served as Chief of Nuclear Safety Operations at The Babcock and Wilcox Company’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Henry is a retired Rear Admiral with the U.S. Navy, where he served a commander and as Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Submarine Force. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Duratek, Inc. and Executive Vice President of EnergySolutions, LLC.

“Mr. Henry formerly served as a member of the NFS Board of Directors, giving him a working knowledge of the facility’s technical operations and requirements,” the release said.