People: FirstEnergy Corp (FE)

FE on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Smart

68 2004 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Alexander

62 2004 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Pearson

59 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Leila Vespoli

54 2014 Executive Vice President - Markets, Chief Legal Officer

Charles Jones

58 2014 Executive Vice President, President - FirstEnergy Utilities

K. Jon Taylor

40 2013 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Robert Reffner

2014 Vice President, General Counsel

Paul Addison

67 2003 Independent Director

Michael Anderson

62 2007 Independent Director

William Cottle

68 2003 Independent Director

Robert Heisler

65 2006 Independent Director

Julia Johnson

51 2011 Independent Director

Ted Kleisner

69 2011 Independent Director

Donald Misheff

57 2012 Independent Director

Ernest Novak

69 2004 Independent Director

Christopher Pappas

58 2011 Independent Director

Catherine Rein

71 2001 Independent Director

Luis Reyes

62 2013 Independent Director

Wesley Taylor

71 2004 Independent Director

Irene Prezelj

Vice President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

George Smart

Mr. George M. Smart is Non-Executive an Independent Chairman of the Board of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2004 as president (a position held since 2001) of Sonoco-Phoenix, Inc., a manufacturer of easy opening lids. He is a director of Ball Corporation. Director of the Company since 1997, and director of Ohio Edison Company from 1988 to 1997. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Smart received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with Marketing. He served as the president and chief executive officer of Central States Can Co. from 1978 until 1993 and as chairman of the board and president of the Phoenix Packaging Corporation from 1993 until 2001. He retired as president of Sonoco Phoenix, Inc. in 2004. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Smart has been a director of and has served on various board committees of six public companies.

Anthony Alexander

Mr. Anthony J. Alexander serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He also is a Director of Ohio Edison Company, Pennsylvania Power Company, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, The Toledo Edison Company and many other subsidiaries of the Company. In addition to the foregoing companies, he has also been a Director of Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company and many other subsidiaries of the Company during the past five years. Director of the Company since 2002. Mr. Alexander received an undergraduate degree in accounting and a degree in law from The University of Akron. During his thirty-nine year career at Ohio Edison Company and later FirstEnergy Corp., he has held executive leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and currently President and Chief Executive Officer. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With this experience, Mr. Alexander brings to the Board of Directors an extraordinary understanding of the inner workings of the public utilities industry in general, and FirstEnergy Corp. in particular.

James Pearson

Mr. James F. Pearson is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of FirstEnergy Corp. Mr. Pearson joined the company in 1976 in the Accounting Department at Pennsylvania Power Company, a subsidiary of Ohio Edison. He held several positions prior to being named director of Financial Reporting at Ohio Edison in 1992. Mr. Pearson was promoted to group controller for FirstEnergy Solutions in 2001, group controller for Strategic Planning and Operations in 2004, and was named treasurer of FirstEnergy Corp. in 2005. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, in 1976, and completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Pearson was a board member for Mobile Meals and is business chairman for the Great Trail Council Friends of Scouting Business Division.

Leila Vespoli

Ms. Leila L. Vespoli has been appointed as Executive Vice President - Markets, Chief Legal Officer of FirstEnergy Corp., effective on January 1, 2014. Ms. Vespoli's responsibilities include all legal affairs for FirstEnergy. She also oversees Governmental Affairs, Communications, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement, Real Estate, Corporate and Records Management. She joined Ohio Edison as an associate attorney in 1984, and was named attorney in 1985, senior attorney in 1995, and associate General Counsel for FirstEnergy in 1997. She was elected vice president and General Counsel in 2000 and senior vice president and General Counsel in 2001. Ms. Vespoli graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of science degree in business economics and earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Charles Jones

K. Jon Taylor

Mr. K. Jon Taylor has been appointed as the Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of FirstEnergy Corp., effective May 1, 2013. Prior to being elected Vice President, Controller and CAO, Mr. Taylor, was Vice President and Assistant Controller of FirstEnergy beginning in October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was the Assistant Controller of FirstEnergy Solutions/FirstEnergy Generation from April 2012 to October 2012 and Assistant Controller of FirstEnergy Utilities from September 2010 to April 2012. From when he joined FirstEnergy in August, 2009 to September 2010, he held the title of Manager, Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting. Mr. Taylor worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for approximately 13 years before joining FirstEnergy. PricewaterhouseCoopers is FirstEnergy's independent registered public accounting firm, but is not an affiliate of FirstEnergy.

Robert Reffner

Paul Addison

Mr. Paul T. Addison is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2002 as managing director in the Utilities Department of Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup), an investment banking and financial services firm. Director of the Company since 2003. Mr. Addison received an M.B.A. in Finance and General Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. His career included positions of increasing responsibility in the investment banking and financial services sector, culminating as the managing director of the Utilities Department at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup).

Michael Anderson

Mr. Michael J. Anderson is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. Chairman and chief executive officer since 2012 of The Andersons, Inc., a diversified company with interests in the grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient sectors of U.S. agriculture, as well as in railcar leasing and repair, turf products production, and general merchandise retailing. Chairman, president and chief executive officer from 2009 to 2012 and president, chief executive officer and director from 1999 to 2009. He has been chairman of the board of Interstate Bakeries Corp. within the past five years. Director of the Company since 2007. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Anderson received an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and was a Certified Public Accountant. He participated in the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Mr. Anderson was an auditor for Arthur Young & Co. In 1996, he became president and chief operating officer of The Andersons, Inc., and he is currently that company’s president, chief executive officer, and chairman. The skills and attributes related to Mr. Anderson’s experience in the accounting and executive management areas are invaluable assets for the Board.

William Cottle

Mr. William T. Cottle is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2003 as chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of STP Nuclear Operating Company, a nuclear operating company for the South Texas Project. Director of the Company since 2003. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Cottle is currently a consultant in the nuclear industry. He has experience in the nuclear field and has held leadership positions at Entergy and Houston Lighting and Power, as well as with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority. In addition, he previously served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of STP Nuclear Operating Company. This nuclear industry experience is essential to Board.

Robert Heisler

Mr. Robert B. Heisler, Jr., is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2011 as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management (a position held since 2008) of Kent State University. Special assistant for Community and Business Strategies to the president of Kent State University from September 2008 to October 2008 and from 2007 to June 1, 2008. Interim vice president for Finance and Administration of Kent State University from June 2008 to September 2008. Retired in 2007 as chairman of the board (a position held since 2001) of KeyBank N.A., the flagship banking entity within KeyCorp. Chief executive officer of the McDonald Financial Group from 2004 to 2007 and executive vice president of KeyCorp from 1994 to 2007. He is a director of TFS Financial Corporation and Myers Industries, Inc. Director of the Company from 1998 to 2004 and since 2006. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Heisler graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University and received an M.B.A. from Kent State University.

Julia Johnson

Ms. Julia L. Johnson is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. She is President of NetCommunications, LLC, a national regulatory and public affairs firm focusing primarily on energy, telecommunications, and broadcast regulation, since 2000. She is a director of American Water Works Company, Inc., MasTec, Inc., and NorthWestern Corporation. Director of the Company since 2011 and director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2003 to 2011. Her Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Ms. Johnson received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She is a former chairman and commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission, which provided her with insight into the electric utility industry. In her current position as president of NetCommunications, LLC, she develops strategies for achieving objectives through advocacy directed at critical decision makers. She previously served as senior vice president of Communications and Marketing at Milcom Technologies and also has additional public company board experience.

Ted Kleisner

Mr. Ted J. Kleisner is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2013 as chairman (a position held since 2012) of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, an entertainment and hospitality company. Chairman and chief executive officer of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company from January to December 2012, president and chief executive officer from 2007 to 2012 and director from 1996 to 2013. President of CSX Hotels, Inc (d/b/a The Greenbrier) from 1988 to 2006 and president and chief executive officer of The Greenbrier Resort & Club Management Company from 1988-2006. Director of the Company since 2011 and director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2001 to 2011. Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Kleisner graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Mr. Kleisner has over 40 years of experience in management and executive leadership positions, including over 20 years of chief executive officer experience having served as president and chief executive officer of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and the Greenbrier Resort & Club Management Company. He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of labor relations, collective bargaining, and union contract negotiations, both in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, he has participated in numerous business and real estate developments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mr. Kleisner is currently and has previously been a director of many business and charitable organizations.

Donald Misheff

Mr. Donald T. Misheff is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2011 as managing partner (a position held since 2003) of the Northeast Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm. Director of the Company since 2012. Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Misheff graduated from The University of Akron with accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. As the managing partner of the Northeast Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP, he has advised many of the region’s companies on financial and corporate governance issues. He began his career with Ernst & Young LLP in 1978 as part of the audit staff and later joined the tax practice, specializing in accounting/financial reporting for income taxes, purchase accounting, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ernest Novak

Mr. Ernest J. Novak, Jr., is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2003 as managing partner (a position held since 1998) of the Cleveland office of Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm. He is a director of BorgWarner, Inc. and A. Schulman, Inc. Director of the Company since 2004. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Novak graduated from John Carroll University with accounting. He received his Masters in Accountancy from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Christopher Pappas

Mr. Christopher Daniel Pappas is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is President and chief executive officer of Styron LLC, a producer of plastics, latex and rubber, since 2010. President and chief executive officer of NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“Nova Chemicals”), a producer of plastics and chemicals, in 2009. President and chief operating officer from 2008 to 2009, chief operating officer from 2006 to 2008, and senior vice president & president, Styrenics from 2000 to 2006 for Nova Chemicals. Within the past five years, he was also a director of Nova Chemicals. Director of the Company since 2011 and director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2008 to 2011. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Pappas received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served in various leadership capacities at NOVA Chemicals, Dow Chemical, and DuPont Dow Elastomers and has also served on other public company boards. His executive and board experience has equipped him with leadership skills and the knowledge of board processes and functions. Additionally, Mr. Pappas’s general corporate decision-making and senior executive experience with a commodity-based business provides a useful background for understanding the operations of the Company. This experience qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board.

Catherine Rein

Ms. Catherine A. Rein is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. She is Retired in March 2008 as senior executive vice president (a position held since 1989) and chief administrative officer (a position held since 2005) of MetLife, Inc., a provider of insurance and other financial services to individual and institutional customers. She is a director of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Director of the Company since 2001 and director of GPU, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2001) from 1989 to 2001. Her Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Ms. Rein is a graduate of New York University Law School and served as general counsel of a Fortune 50 company. She was employed for many years in the regulated financial services industry, which provided her with a familiarity in dealing with the requirements imposed by regulatory agencies. Prior to her retirement from MetLife, Inc., she served in various high-level positions including vice president, human resources and senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer, with responsibility for the audit, human resources, information systems, public relations, compliance, procurement, and facilities management departments, among others. She also served as chief executive officer of the Property and Casualty subsidiary of MetLife, Inc.

Luis Reyes

Mr. Luis A. Reyes has been appointed as an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp., effective September 18, 2013. Most recently a consultant to the nuclear industry, he joined the NRC in 1978 as a reactor inspector for the Region III office in Illinois and was recognized with the Presidential Distinguished and Presidential Meritorious awards for dedicated service. Reyes held progressively more responsible leadership roles before being named executive director of Operations in 2004, where he managed the day-to-day operations of the agency. He also served as regional administrator for NRC Region II, overseeing all new commercial nuclear power plant construction in the country as well as operating plant inspections in the southeast United States. Reyes retired from the NRC in 2011 with 33 years of service. Reyes holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He also is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and has attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Wesley Taylor

Mr. Wes M. Taylor is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Retired in 2004 as president (a position held since 1991) of TXU Generation, an owner and operator of electric generation and coal mines in Texas. He is a director of Arch Coal, Inc. Director of the Company since 2004. His Key Attributes, Experience and Skills: Mr. Taylor received both Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more than 20 years, he served as the president of Dallas Power & Light and then TXU Generation, from which he retired in 2004.

Irene Prezelj

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