Kurion, a nuclear and hazardous waste management business has named Ralph DiSibio as chairman of the board. Former chairman, Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Kurion and founding partner and managing director at Lux Capital, will remain a director for the company.
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear and hazardous waste management, announced today that it has named Ralph DiSibio as chairman of the board to assist the company as it scales to full commercialization. DiSibio brings forty years of leadership experience and extensive knowledge of the nuclear waste industry. Former chairman, Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Kurion and founding partner and managing director at Lux Capital, will remain a director for the company.
Ralph DiSibio, Kurion Chairman of the Board (Photo: Business Wire)
“Ralph is well-known and respected in nuclear and environmental waste management circles,” said Kurion founder and CEO John Raymont. “He brings a wealth of strategic and operating experience regarding winning major contracts, managing nuclear waste sites and working directly with government organizations, including the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management program . Furthermore, he is a proven leader who will help Kurion mature as an organization.”
A retired executive, DiSibio spent his career working in the nuclear and construction industries. Most recently he served as division president of the government, energy and environment business unit for Washington Energy & Environment (now operated by URS Corp. ), a firm that designs, constructs, operates and manages critical facilities for the Department of Energy. During his tenure, they managed the Savannah River Site , the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant , the West Valley Demonstration Project , the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project , and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project in Idaho Falls. Additionally, the firm won the waste treatment and isolation plant ( WTP ) project at the Hanford waste site, the world’s largest waste treatment plant, in collaboration with Bechtel Corporation.
“I’m inspired by what Kurion has achieved over the last three years,” said Ralph DiSibio. “The team made and continues to make a significant contribution to the cleanup at Fukushima using its robust and high performing Ion Specific Media , it acquired a fully commercial vitrification technology in GeoMelt® and is making important headway in the development of its proprietary Modular Vitrification System . It has real momentum, and I’m excited at the opportunity to work alongside Kurion’s leadership team to help the company achieve its potential.”
Josh Wolfe, Kurion co-founder and founding partner and managing director at Lux Capital, commented, “Kurion’s tremendous growth is a testament to the team’s abilities, the growing market opportunity and the potential of its technology. The board is thrilled to appoint Ralph as chairman and excited for his expertise and industry network to help Kurion flourish.”
Prior to Washington Energy & Environment, DiSibio served in leadership roles at Parsons Power and Westinghouse Electric Company. He is an experienced board member and currently serves as a director for Conti Group , a construction company that specializes in road, bridge and general construction for state, county and local governments; and Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR), the largest service provider to the commercial power industry with approximately $4.2 billion in annual sales.
While director of human resources for the State of Nevada, DiSibio was instrumental in reshaping the low-level nuclear waste policies. He served on a presidential commission created under President Carter, which led to the Low Level Waste Policy Act of 1981 .
DiSibio earned degrees from Northern Colorado University and Rowan University. He also completed programs at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy. He is the author of the 2006 book, ” Reel Lessons in Leadership .”
Raymont added, “Ralph’s appointment follows several new additions to the Kurion team from some of the premier organizations in the nuclear and hazardous waste industries. Each new employee is a vote of confidence in the future of Kurion and improves our odds of success.”
KURION PROVIDES INNOVATIVE, EASILY DEPLOYABLE TECHNOLOGIES TO ACCELERATE PROJECT PERFORMANCE AND COMPLIANCE AND SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE CUSTOMER RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT LIFE-CYCLE COSTS. FOUNDED IN 2008, KURION IS BACKED BY LEADING ENERGY INVESTORS LUX CAPITAL , FIRELAKE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND ACADIA WOODS PARTNERS . HEADQUARTERED IN IRVINE, CALIF., KURION OPERATES A TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT ITS RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS LICENSED FACILITY IN OAK RIDGE, TENN., TWO FACILITIES IN RICHLAND, WASH., FOR TESTING, EQUIPMENT STORAGE, ENGINEERING AND “COLD” NON-RADIOACTIVE TESTING, AND PERFORMS “HOT” RADIOACTIVE TESTING AT PNNL IN RICHLAND, WASH.