Leadership change at Y-12/Pantex contractor; Smith to succeed Haynes at helm

Morgan SmithMorgan Smith will become president and CEO of Consolidated Nuclear Security — the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, the company announced today. The change is effective Feb. 1.

Smith will succeed Jim Haynes, who has served at the helm since CNS took over the combined contract on July 1, 2014. Smith has served as chief operating officer of the Bechtel-led contractor team.

According to announcement, Haynes will return to “an executive position at Bechtel after successfully leading CNS through its first phase as a consolidated organization.” Before becoming president of CNS, Haynes had served as a senior vice president of B&W Y-12, the contractor team of Babcock and Wilcox and Bechtel that previously managed Y-12.

CNS received a surprisingly low performance score of 57 on its report card for the first 15 months on the job, which Haynes characterized as “disappointing.”

Here’s a prepared statement from Haynes in today’s announcement:

“With the majority of key consolidation activities complete, CNS moves to its next phase focused on advancing operational performance and increasing production. Morgan Smith is uniquely positioned to lead CNS at this time based on his past experience managing Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program facilities and his time at CNS. Morgan and I have mapped out the path for a successful handoff. I could not be more confident in Morgan’s abilities.”

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