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Our Leaders

Meet members of the experienced team giving Toshiba America Energy Systems (TAES) the power to lead.

Fumio Otani

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Otani joined Toshiba in 1981, and has overall responsibility for the operation of Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation (TAES) as the interim president and CEO.

Mr. Otani has spent most of his distinguished career in Toshiba's power systems business operations, taking on various assignments of increasing responsibility and helping to further Toshiba’s thermal & hydro power plant business in overseas markets.

In addition to his roles with TAES, Mr. Otani is the Chairman and CEO of Toshiba America Inc. (TAI), Executive Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President of Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba's Corporate Representative (CR) for the Americas.

Mr. Otani is a graduate of Tokyo Metropolitan University, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and he also completed the two-month Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Sheila Lacks

Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services

Ms. Lacks joined Toshiba in June, 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain and Business Systems.

Prior to joining Toshiba, Ms. Lacks held multiple roles of increasing responsibility with Babcock & Wilcox, including her most recent position of Controller for Babcock & Wilcox’s Nuclear Fuel Services Company. Her experience also includes serving as the Group Controller for Precision Castparts Revert Group, responsible for Accounting, Finance and Information Systems for all revert facilities across the globe including locations in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Lacks holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Ms. Lacks also holds an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in Virginia.


Tom Cornell

Vice President, Sales & Business Development

Mr. Cornell joined Toshiba in April, 2013 and is responsible for leading the business development direction of the company, managing the sales organization for the enterprise, and managing all new Steam Turbine Generator (STG) business in North America.

Prior to joining Toshiba, Mr. Cornell held progressively responsible management roles at Duke/Progress Energy, most recently as the General Manager for New Generation Projects, managing the project management and construction for Duke’s combined cycle expansion program. In addition to his experience in business development, Mr. Cornell has a background in project management, engineering and construction, having worked in various roles at Entergy and Siemens/Westinghouse.

Mr. Cornell holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as a Masters in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

Mr. Cornell has been an active member of the Program Planning Committee for Power Gen International since 2003, and currently serves on the Industry Trends/Competitive Power Subcommittee.