American Electric Power has appointed Michael Rencheck as the new senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for its DC Cook nuclear plant in Bridgman, Michigan, effective November 1, 2007.

Mr Rencheck has been American Electric Power’s (AEP) senior vice president of engineering, projects and field services since January 2006. Mr Rencheck replaces Mano Nazar, who has taken a position at Florida Power and Light.

Nick Akins, AEP’s executive vice president of generation, said: We are fortunate to have an internal leader, Mike Rencheck, who is well prepared to take on the top leadership role at Cook. Mike has an extensive background in the nuclear industry as well as hands-on experience at Cook.

In addition, he has existing relationships with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Most importantly, Mike has demonstrated an unwavering focus on public and employee safety and plant reliability. I have every confidence that he will continue AEP’s commitment to nuclear operational excellence at Cook.