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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) has named Kelly Ferneau, current plant operations director, as the new plant manager for the Cook Nuclear Plant. Ferneau, is the sixteenth person to hold the position since plant construction began in 1969, and she is the first female plant manager.

“Kelly’s skill set goes well beyond the necessary plant operational knowledge and experience. She has a unique combination of resolve, humility and the leadership ability to develop teams and work for the greater good of the organization,” said Shane Lies, Cook site vice president. “We’re looking for great things for Cook with Kelly’s expanded role and influence.”

Ferneau joined I&M in 2013 as operations manager. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Trine University in Angola, Indiana. She previously worked for Entergy at Palisades Nuclear Plant. She started her career with Exelon and held various positions with them, including a senior reactor operator’s license and she was a shift manager at Byron Nuclear Station. Ferneau and her husband, Mike, live in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

“Running a nuclear power plant is an awesome responsibility, and I want the community and employees to know that I will always put their health and safety above all else,” said Ferneau. “I didn’t think much about being the first female plant manager until I started hearing from friends, particularly women, in the organization. Nuclear power, and specifically Operations, has historically been a male-dominated field. I am proud and honored to help pave the way for other women, and will do my best to be a good role model and mentor for both women and men.”