New Secretary General from April 2012

Berlin, 16.12.2011

The executive committee of the German Atomic Forum has appointed Christian Wössner as its new Secretary General with effect from 1 April 2012. On that date he will replace Dieter H. Marx who has filled the role since April 2002. Wössner has many years of experience in the energy industry and is very familiar with the nuclear energy sector. He is currently in charge of the Policy section within the E.ON Group´s Power Generation (Germany) Division.

Even given the political decisions to gradually phase out nuclear energy by the end of 2022, it will be necessary and proper to provide factual information on the peaceful use of nuclear power in Germany. This work will focus mainly on questions regarding the ultimate disposal of radioactive waste, the decommissioning of nuclear facilities in Germany, the exemplary global safety standards of German nuclear power plants and the international development of nuclear energy.

Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of the German Atomic Forum, thanks Dieter H. Marx for the work he has done in the past and his extraordinary commitment, particularly after the tragic accident in Fukushima and the public debate in Germany which followed it.

The President wishes the future Secretary General and his team every success on taking up the challenge: "Anyone assuming that the German Atomic Forum´s task would diminish in size, is mistaken. The social debate about nuclear energy will continue. The public discussion that has continued in recent weeks and months alone is evidence of this. The German Atomic Forum will continue to participate actively by offering a dialogue and factual information."

Wössner has also been appointed as Managing Director of INFORUM GmbH and the Informationskreis KernEnergie (IK) with effect from 1 April 2012.

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