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Southern Nuclear announces leadership changes

Ho Nieh will join Southern Nuclear March 22 as the future Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. He will succeed Mike Meier, who has announced his intent to retire at a later date. Nieh will be responsible for the company’s regulatory, security and licensing efforts. 

“We appreciate Mike’s years of service and dedicated leadership. As we plan for the future, Ho’s passion for innovation, paired with his technical experience, will ensure our continued success generating safe, reliable and carbon-free nuclear energy,” said Southern Nuclear Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Sena. “Ho has dedicated his career to the safe operation of nuclear power, and we are privileged to add one of the premier leaders in the regulatory arena to our team.”

A nearly-30-year nuclear professional, Nieh has extensive nuclear safety and security regulation experience – both domestically and internationally. Nieh has over 20 years of experience with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), most recently serving as Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, where he was responsible for NRC reactor safety licensing and oversight programs for operating and new reactors. 

Beyond the NRC, Nieh served the Nuclear Energy Agency as Director of the Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation, as Communications Advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and worked in many capacities at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, including as a Civilian Instructor for the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program.

Nieh earned his Bachelor of Engineering in marine engineering from New York Maritime College and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He completed the Executive Education in Strategic Management program from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Southern Nuclear is a leader among the nation’s nuclear energy operators, running six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power. For more than 40 years, the company has operated nuclear energy facilities at the highest levels of safety and reliability, creating carbon-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses.