GSE Systems Hires Senior VP of Workforce Solutions

GSE Systems announced that Phillip M. Polefrone has joined the Company as Senior Vice President of Workforce Solutions. Mr. Polefrone will be based at GSE's corporate headquarters, and will be responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s strategic plan to address the training needs of the global energy (nuclear and non-nuclear) workforce.

Mr. Polefrone brings more than 35 years of military and private-sector engineering, management and operating experience to GSE. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Director of Training and Human Resources for UniStar Nuclear Energy, focused on developing a fleet of advanced, standardized nuclear energy facilities for the United States market.

Prior to that, Mr. Polefrone was Operations Director at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) where, among other things, he led a staff of 24 nuclear plant operations evaluators, and was a plant evaluations Team Manager for INPO and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). While on loan from INPO, Mr. Polefrone was assigned to the Comanche Peak nuclear facility in Texas for an 18-month period that resulted in the plant achieving its best-ever station performance.

Mr. Polefrone's 26 years of military experience includes: Commanding Officer of the USS Oklahoma City; Director, Navy Special Access Programs Assessment Division; and Commanding Officer, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, where he led Navy-wide nuclear training for 11 carriers and 110 submarine crews.

Mr. Polefrone is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in Engineering, the Naval Nuclear Power School, and the Naval War College. He received his M.B.A. from The Citadel and an M.S. in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America. He also holds United States Commercial Nuclear Senior Reactor Operator Certification for the Westinghouse 3 Loop PWR.

Jim Eberle, Chief Executive Officer of GSE, commented, "Phil brings an uncommon blend of experiences to his new role, and we welcome him to GSE. Key to our growth and diversification strategy is developing products and services that will help the energy industry address its workforce challenges.

As energy demand continues to rise, the availability of qualified energy operations professionals remains a growing industry concern. Driven by an aging national and global demographic, it is estimated that retirement and attrition will require that 40-50% of the U.S. nuclear and non-nuclear energy operations workforce may need to be replaced in the next five years. Under Phil's leadership, we will continue to actively pursue opportunities in areas such as training new employees, providing ongoing education for more seasoned professionals, and staffing."