Dr. Ralf Güldner Elected New President of German Atomic Forum

Berlin, 21.04.2010

The Executive Committee of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF) unanimously elected Dr. Ralf Güldner as its new President on 21 April 2010. Dr. Güldner is Vice Chairman of E.ON Kernkraft GmbH, Hanover, where he is responsible for the areas of new construction, decommissioning and fuel cycle.

His personal statement focuses on sustainably strengthening the DAtF´s successful positioning as an association: as a comprehensive industry platform, a factual partner in the social energy dialogue, an international networker for the peaceful use of nuclear power. From November 2006 until he moved to E.ON Kernkraft as Executive Vice President in September 2008, Dr. Güldner managed the global nuclear fuel business of AREVA NP from his base in Paris. From May 2003, he held the post of Federal Chairman of the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e. V. (KTG = German Nuclear Society) for three years. He then became Chairman of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) from 2006 to 2008. He has been President of FORATOM, the European trade association for the nuclear industry, since December 2009.

Referring to the public discussion on Germany´s energy future and the role of nuclear power, Dr. Güldner stressed, "Representative opinion polls in recent weeks have shown yet again that many people in Germany look at nuclear power very objectively. Such objectivity is good for all energy topics given their complexity. My appeal to politics and the media is therefore this: We need more respect for the facts and less ideology when it comes to debating nuclear power in this country! Other countries are way ahead of us on this point."

The executive committee of the DAtF also elected two vice presidents on 21 April who together with the president will cover as many areas of nuclear energy as possible:

  • for the area of science and research: Dr. Peter Fritz, Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT),
  • for the area of industry and manufacturers: Ulrich Gräber, management spokesman and Technical Managing Director of AREVA NP GmbH, Erlangen.

By electing the two vice presidents, the DAtF wishes to intensify the social dialogue and improve representation of all its member enterprises.

In connection with his election as President of the German Atomic Forum, Dr. Güldner thanked his predecessor Dr. Walter Hohlefelder warmly for the work he had done for nuclear energy in general and for the DAtF in particular over the past six years. His work has set standards and forms a firm foundation for continuing the DAtF´s successful involvement in shaping public opinion into the future.

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