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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Smart

70 2015 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Charles Jones

60 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Pearson

61 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Leila Vespoli

56 2014 Executive Vice President - Markets, Chief Legal Officer

James Lash

65 2015 Executive Vice President; President - FirstEnergy Generation

K. Jon Taylor

42 2013 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Daniel Dunlap

2015 Assistant Corporate Secretary

Jennifer Geyer

2015 Assistant Corporate Secretary

Paul Addison

69 2003 Independent Director

Michael Anderson

64 2007 Independent Director

William Cottle

70 2003 Independent Director

Robert Heisler

67 2006 Independent Director

Julia Johnson

53 2011 Independent Director

Ted Kleisner

71 2011 Independent Director

Donald Misheff

59 2012 Independent Director

Thomas Mitchell

60 2016 Independent Director

Ernest Novak

71 2004 Independent Director

Christopher Pappas

60 2011 Independent Director

Luis Reyes

64 2013 Independent Director

Jerry Thornton

69 2015 Independent Director

Irene Prezelj

Vice President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

George Smart

Mr. George M. Smart is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. From January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015 where he was the Lead Independent Director of the Board. Retired in 2004 as president (a position held since 2001) of Sonoco-Phoenix, Inc., a manufacturer of easy opening lids. He serves as a director of one other company with publicly traded equity securities: Ball Corporation. Director of Ohio Edison Company from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Smart received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a major in 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.

Charles Jones

Mr. Charles E. Jones, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He was Executive Vice President and President, FirstEnergy Utilities from 2014 to 2015 and Senior Vice President and President, FirstEnergy Utilities from 2010 to 2011, and also served as President of your Company’s utility subsidiaries from 2010 to 2015. He was also Senior Vice President of your Company’s utility subsidiaries from 2009 to 2010. He also serves as a director of many other subsidiaries of your Company, including FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. Mr. Jones received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from The University of Akron. He also attended the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan. He has had an extensive, nearly forty-year career, at Ohio Edison Company and later FirstEnergy Corp., and has held various executive leadership positions, most recently Executive Vice President and President of FirstEnergy Utilities, and currently President and CEO.

James Pearson

Mr. James F. Pearson is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He was 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 is 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.

James Lash

K. Jon Taylor

Mr. K. Jon Taylor is 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.

Daniel Dunlap

Jennifer Geyer

Ms. Jennifer L. Geyer is Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Company., effective December 27, 2015. Geyer has been manager, Corporate, since 2011, with responsibilities including the administration of FirstEnergy's equity compensation plans, insider trading compliance, related regulatory filings and governance matters. She began her career with the company in 1996 in the Marketing Information Center, and held a series of corporate, back-office and sales roles before being promoted to manager of Business Analytics in 2008. Geyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sales and marketing from The University of Akron and a master's degree in business from Malone University.

Paul Addison

Mr. Paul T. Addison is 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. 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 a managing director of the Utilities Department at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup).

Michael Anderson

Mr. Michael J. Anderson, CPA is Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is Chairman of the board of directors since 2009 of The Andersons, Inc., a diversified public 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. He also served as chief executive officer of The Andersons, Inc. from 1999 to 2015. 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 chairman.

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. Mr. Cottle has served as a consultant in the nuclear industry. He has extensive experience in the nuclear field and has held leadership positions at Entergy and Houston Lighting and Power, as well as with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (later referred to as NRC) and the Tennessee Valley Authority. In addition, he previously served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of STP Nuclear Operating Company.

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 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 serves as a director of the following three other companies with publicly traded equity securities: TFS Financial Corporation, The J. M. Smucker Company and Myers Industries, Inc. (Board Chairman). Mr. Heisler graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University and received an M.B.A. from Kent State University. He has extensive experience in the investment management and financial services sector, culminating in high-level positions at KeyBank N.A., and McDonald Financial Group including chairman of the board and chief executive officer, respectively. In addition, he brings administrative skills to your Board through his former role as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management of Kent State University.

Julia Johnson

Ms. Julia L. Johnson, J.D., 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 serves as a director of the following three other companies with publicly traded equity securities: American Water Works Company, Inc., MasTec, Inc., and NorthWestern Corporation. She also served as a director of AYE (merged with your Company in 2011) from 2003 to 2011. 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 valuable 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 in 2012, president and chief executive officer from 2007 to 2012 and director from 1996 to 2013 of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. 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 to 2006. He also served as a director of AYE (merged with your Company in 2011) from 2001 to 2011. 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.

Donald Misheff

Mr. Donald T. Misheff, CPA 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. He serves as a director of the following two other companies with publicly traded equity securities: TimkenSteel Corp. and Trinseo S.A. He is also a director of Aleris Corporation, whose common stock is privately held. Mr. Misheff graduated from The University of Akron with a major in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. As the managing partner of the Northeast Ohio offices of Ernst & Young LLP until his retirement in 2011, he advised many of the region’s largest 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. He has more than 30 years of experience performing, reviewing, and overseeing the audits of financial statements of a wide range of public companies. He also has served on numerous non-profit boards.

Thomas Mitchell

Mr. Thomas N. Mitchell is Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. Mitchell is Retired in 2015 as the president, chief executive officer and director (positions held since 2009) of Ontario Power Generation Inc. (later referred to as OPG), an Ontario-based electricity generation company. He is also a former director and member of the leadership and compensation committee of the Electric Power Research Institute. Mr. Novak graduated from John Carroll University with a major in accounting. He received his Masters in Accountancy from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. During his long and distinguished career at Ernst & Young LLP, he held various positions including coordinating partner and Area Industry Leader, before retiring after 17 years as the managing partner of various Ernst & Young LLP offices, most recently managing partner of the Cleveland office. He has over 30 years of experience performing, reviewing, and overseeing the audits of financial statements of a wide range of public companies. Mr. Novak currently serves as chair of the audit committee of two other public companies.

Ernest Novak

Mr. Ernest J. Novak, Jr., CPA 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 serves as a director of the following two other companies with publicly traded equity securities: BorgWarner, Inc. and A. Schulman, Inc. Mr. Novak graduated from John Carroll University with a major in accounting. He received his Masters in Accountancy from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. During his long and distinguished career at Ernst & Young LLP, he held various positions including coordinating partner and Area Industry Leader, before retiring after 17 years as the managing partner of various Ernst & Young LLP offices, most recently managing partner of the Cleveland office. He has over 30 years of experience performing, reviewing, and overseeing the audits of financial statements of a wide range of public companies. Mr. Novak currently serves as chair of the audit committee of two other public companies.

Christopher Pappas

Mr. Christopher Daniel Pappas is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is President, chief executive officer and director of Trinseo S.A., a producer of plastics, latex and rubber, since 2010. President and chief executive officer of NOVA Chemicals Corporation (later referred to as 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. He serves as a director of one other company with publicly traded equity securities: Univar Inc. Within the past five years, he also served as a director of AYE (merged with your Company in 2011) from 2008 to 2011. 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 your Company.

Luis Reyes

Mr. Luis A. Reyes is Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp., effective September 18, 2013. He has Retired in 2011 as a Regional Administrator (a position held since 2008) of the NRC. Executive Director of Operations of the NRC from 2004 to 2008 and has held various other positions with the NRC since 1978. Mr. Reyes received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He has extensive experience in the nuclear field and has held senior leadership positions with the NRC. He joined the NRC in 1978 where he 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.

Jerry Thornton

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. Dr. Thornton is Chief executive officer of Dream Catcher Educational Consulting, a consulting firm that provides coaching and professional development for newly selected college and university presidents. Retired President (a position held from 1992 to 2013) of Cuyahoga Community College. Upon her retirement, Cuyahoga Community College honored Dr. Thornton with the title of President Emeritus. She serves as a director of the following three other companies with publicly traded equity securities: Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc., Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. and RPM, Inc. She also served as a director of American Greetings Corporation from 2000 to 2013. Dr. Thornton received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. and B.A. degrees from Murray State University. She has extensive executive management and board experience, including her board service for other public companies and her participation on numerous key board committees. She is a recognized leader in the Northeast Ohio community.

Irene Prezelj