Mark Peters has been named executive vice president of laboratory operations for Battelle, the company announced on August 20. He will take over for Ron Townsend, who earlier this summer announced that he plans to retire in January 2021. Peters, who has served as laboratory director at Idaho National Laboratory since October 2015, will remain in this role until his successor has been selected and is in place. He will assume his new role at Battelle following this transition at INL.
Background: Prior to joining INL, Peters served as associate laboratory director of Argonne National Laboratory's Energy and Global Security directorate, which includes Argonne’s programs in energy research and national security. Peters, who recently was appointed cochair of the ANS Task Force on Public Investment in Nuclear Research and Development, has also held leadership positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in industry. In addition, he has served two terms as chair of the National Laboratory Directors Council, representing the interests of the 17 Department of Energy national labs.
He said it: “We are very fortunate to have Mark join Battelle’s senior leadership team,” said Lou Von Thaer, Battelle’s president and chief executive officer. “Throughout his distinguished career, Mark has demonstrated exceptional skills as a strategic leader, team builder, and champion of a healthy safety and operations culture in complex research and development environments. He has extensive relationships throughout the U.S. Department of Energy and is widely recognized within the department as a trusted advocate for the relevant missions of the national laboratories.”