Agneta Nestenborg assumed leadership of the ESS Project Support & Administration Directorate on September 1. The transition marked the completion of former director Matti Tiirakari’s distinguished five-year secondment from CERN.
LUND—Dr. Agneta Nestenborg is the new Director of Administration at the European Spallation Source (ESS). Formerly Head of Project Sponsors Nuclear Operations at the Swedish energy utility, Vattenfall, she holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and early in her career was a user at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Dr. Nestenborg also completed an Executive MBA, and comes to ESS with experience in R&D, management, operations and governance across a wide range of industries that include science, construction, consulting, nuclear technology and others.
|ABOVE: Dr. Agneta Nestenborg, the new ESS Director of Project Support & Administration. Dr. Nestenborg comes to ESS from the Swedish energy utility, Vattenfall. PHOTO: ESS|
As leader of the Project Support & Administration Directorate, Dr. Nestenborg will oversee a diverse range of divisions and groups, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement, Supply & Logistics, Legal, General Services, as well as the Project Support division, which includes Finance and Planning. Dr. Nestenborg’s CV is equally diverse, and spans leadership positions in all of these areas and more.
“I have had the benefit of working in many different areas, but the red thread running through my career as a leader, I would say, is projects and processes, integration and change management. And I hope to make good use of everything I’ve done as the new administration director for ESS,” says Dr. Nestenborg.
“What I have learned is that every organization is different, the culture is different, but the issues people struggle with are often similar. It can be about operational issues, leadership or organisational housekeeping. As administration director, I will look at the ways I can contribute by using my experiences to help find the right angle to resolve issues.”
Since 2010, Dr. Nestenborg has served on the Board of Studsvik AB, a nuclear industry technical services provider, and is currently Chair of the Board for the Swedish Qualification Center, whose business is the qualification of non-destructive testing for Swedish nuclear power facilities.
|Matti Tiirakari, outgoing Director of Project Support & Administration at ESS. Tiirakari completed a 5-year secondment from CERN at the end of August. PHOTO: ESS|
During the ESS Construction Phase, the administration director will ensure that the strategic planning, development, and implementation of processes and procedures are on schedule for the ramp-up to cold commissioning at the end of 2019.
“Today, my first priority is to make sure that the ERIC transition goes ahead smoothly and as planned,” says Nestenborg. “An ERIC is an unknown phenomenon and I think there are a lot of people in the Swedish community and other countries who do not know how to treat an ERIC—in regards to legal status for example—so they might be a little bit cautious. We will need to solve such issues as they arise.”
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