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Atkins has appointed two respected leaders of the US nuclear industry to the Atkins Energy Americas engineering and technology (E&T) team.

John Hayfield will join as senior vice president, leading Atkins’ southeast E&T operations and assisting in the development and execution of Atkins’ Energy Americas growth strategy. Dr Keyes Niemer will join Atkins as vice president, commercial E&T operations assisting in the growth and delivery of Atkins’ commercial nuclear projects in the US.

John Hayfield will be based in Atkins’ Aiken, SC office, and Keyes Niemer will be based in Charlotte, NC, both reporting to Tom Yount, executive vice president of Atkins’ Energy Americas business.

Tom said: “I know the whole business is excited to welcome these talented men to our team. Their successes in the nuclear market complement our existing expertise and experience, in both the federal and commercial nuclear engineering markets, and we are already looking forward to the new opportunities John and Keyes will bring to the table.”

John recently led the AECOM Nuclear and Environment Business Development group where he was primarily responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and business growth in the services of high-level waste, consulting, engineering and design, construction management, operations, maintenance, decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) and waste management for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). John is widely recognised within the industry, with 30 years’ experience in nuclear clean-up worldwide and has participated as a technical expert in the field of nuclear facility deactivation including formulation of the DOE’s processes and policies in this subject area during the 1990s.

Dr Keyes Niemer has over 29 years of engineering, project management, operations, and business experience for various multi-billion engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies worldwide. Most recently, he was vice president of operations for the BWXT Nuclear Energy and Technical Services Business Unit, and the director of operations and project management for the mPower Small Modular Reactor R&D/Design Program. Prior to his time at BWXT, Keyes was project manager for the CB&I Module Program, a $1 billion plus program to design, engineer, procure, fabricate, transport, assemble, and erect modules for several new multi-billion dollar commercial nuclear power plants. He was project manager on the multi-billion dollar Vogtle Units 3 and 4 Nuclear EPC Project, the first new nuclear plant ordered in the US for over 30 years.


For more information:

Paul Childs
PR Manager, Energy
+44 20 7121 2828

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