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ORAU welcomes two new directors to its board

Election results announced during recently held 71st annual meeting of ORAU's Council of Sponsoring Institutions

March 24, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU recently announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors during the 71st Annual Meeting of its Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership. Newly elected board members are:

  • John Eschenberg, director of global capital projects at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ann Savoca, Ph.D., retired, Sealed Air Corporation

John Eschenberg

John EschenbergEschenberg currently serves as the director of global capital projects at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leads independent audits of decommissioning cost estimate reports for commercial nuclear reactors. Prior to that time, he had an extensive career with the Department of Energy that included serving as project director for the U.S. Department of Energy's Uranium Processing Facility, a $6.5 billion project designed to ensure the long-term viability, safety and security of the enriched uranium capability in the United States.

He also previously served as interim manager of DOE's Oak Ridge Office and was assistant manager for DOE's Environmental Management where he was responsible for a $700 million annual federal investment in risk reduction and environmental cleanup at three large industrial Manhattan-era sites on the Oak Ridge Reservation. Prior to moving to Oak Ridge, Eschenberg managed the $12.5 billion design and construction efforts for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plan located in Hanford, WA.

Ann Savoca, Ph.D.

Ann Savoca, Ph.D.Over her nearly 30-year career, Savoca held numerous positions in technology leadership including global vice president of technology and innovation with Sealed Air Corporation, a global manufacturer of protective and specialty packaging for food and consumer goods. In this role she led the company's Executive Innovation Steering Committee and was responsible for new product development and commercialization for the corporation. She managed a global team of more than 600 scientists and engineers before retiring from this role in 2013.

Her previous experience also includes vice president for research and development for National Starch and Chemical Company, a leading manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, electronic materials, specialty food, healthcare and industrial starches.

Dr. Savoca holds more than 30 patents in areas including polyurethane catalysis, polymer membranes for gas separation, and specialty coatings. Currently retired, Savoca volunteers with the National Science Foundation and works with Clemson University to support students in new business development efforts.

"Dr. Savoca and Mr. Eschenberg bring a strong set of skills to the board," said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. "Their vast knowledge of both government and business practices will be invaluable as we create new opportunities for ORAU."

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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