Passing the baton

Posted: February 18, 2014 - 4:57pm

Taking on special assignments is part of most jobs, and it's something Chuck Spencer did when he accepted the role as B&W Y-12's president and general manager in August 2012. “What I thought would be a 3–6 month job turned into 18 months,” Spencer said. On Feb. 1, Dave Richardson assumed the role as president and general manager of B&W Y-12. “Dave has over 33 years of diverse nuclear operations and management experience and has done an outstanding job as our deputy general manager of Operations. I have full confidence in Dave, and I know Y-12 will flourish under his leadership. You'll really enjoy working with him,” Spencer said.

When looking back over his tenure at Y-12, Spencer said he was “blessed with a number of things: our customer, the team, and union and community support. All helped me learn a great deal about Y-12.”

One thing that won’t change with Richardson at the helm is employee communications. In fact, he hopes to have more interaction with employees. “I'll continue to communicate with employees through YSource and e-mail and at our regular supervisors/managers meetings, but I'll also start brown-bag lunch conversations and small group discussions. We want to keep people informed and also get their feedback on ways to improve our operations,” Richardson said.

Spencer says he is leaving Y-12 with a deeper understanding of the great work employees do. “I want to thank you all. I will continue to be involved in both Y-12 and Pantex . I will truly miss all of you.”