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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Smart

69 2015 Chairman of the Board

Charles Jones

59 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Pearson

60 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

James Lash

64 President of FirstEnergy Generation

Leila Vespoli

55 2014 Executive Vice President - Markets, Chief Legal Officer

Steven Strah

51 2015 Senior Vice President, President - FirstEnergy Utilities

K. Jon Taylor

41 2013 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

David Karafa

52 2015 Vice President - Distribution Support for FirstEnergy Utilities

Paul Addison

68 2003 Independent Director

Michael Anderson

63 2007 Independent Director

William Cottle

69 2003 Independent Director

Robert Heisler

66 2006 Independent Director

Julia Johnson

52 2011 Independent Director

Ted Kleisner

70 2011 Independent Director

Donald Misheff

58 2012 Independent Director

Ernest Novak

70 2004 Independent Director

Christopher Pappas

59 2011 Independent Director

Luis Reyes

63 2013 Independent Director

Jerry Thornton

68 2015 Independent Director

Irene Prezelj

Vice President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

George Smart

Mr. George M. Smart is Chairman of the Board of the Company. He was Lead Independent Director 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.

Charles Jones

Mr. Charles E. Jones, Jr. is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of FirstEnergy Corp. since January 1, 2015. 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 Chief Executive Officer.

James Pearson

Mr. James F. Pearson serves as 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.

James Lash

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.

Steven Strah

Mr. Steven E. Strah has been appointed as Senior Vice President, President - FirstEnergy Utilities of the Company effective February 1, 2015. Strah began his career with The Illuminating Company in 1984. He later served as director of Business Services for FirstEnergy's Northern Region - Ohio , and director of Operations Support Services for the company's Western Region - Ohio . In 2001, he was named president of the Northern Region for Jersey Central Power & Light, and in 2005, he was named regional president of Ohio Edison. He was promoted to vice president, Distribution Support, for FirstEnergy Utilities in February 2011.

K. Jon Taylor

Mr. K. Jon Taylor has been appointed as 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.

David Karafa

Mr. David J. Karafa has been appointed as Vice President - Distribution Support for FirstEnergy Utilities of the Company, effective February 1, 2015. Mr. Karafa joined the company in 1981 as a surveyor. Following a series of promotions, he was named director of Operations Services in 2002, then director of Energy Delivery Performance & Process Improvement in 2005, and led a Work Management Improvement Initiative in 2008. He was promoted to regional president of Met-Ed in 2011, regional president of Ohio Edison in 2012 and president of Pennsylvania Operations in 2013.

Paul Addison

Mr. Paul T. Addison serves as 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). This wealth of experience in the financial services sector makes Mr. Addison a strong contributor to your Board, specifically and your Company generally.

Michael Anderson

Mr. Michael J. Anderson, CPA serves as an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. He is 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 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 your 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. 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 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 your Board.

Robert Heisler

Mr. Robert B. Heisler, Jr., is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. 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 is a director of TFS Financial Corporation, The J. M. Smucker Company and Myers Industries, Inc. 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., including chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

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 is a director of American Water Works Company, Inc., MasTec, Inc., and NorthWestern Corporation. Director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (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 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 from January to December 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. Director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (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.

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 is a director of TimkenSteel Corp. and Trinseo S.A. He is also a director of Aleris Corporation. 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.

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 is a director of 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. (formerly 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 Allegheny Energy, Inc. (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. This experience qualifies him to serve as a member of your Board.

Luis Reyes

Mr. Luis A. Reyes has been appointed as an 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 U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (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 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 dayto- 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. Mr. Reyes retired from the NRC in 2011 with 33 years of service. This nuclear industry experience is essential to your Board. Mr. 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.

Jerry Thornton

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of FirstEnergy Corp. Dr. Thornton is nationally known in the community college field and has a scholarship and a center bearing her name at TRI-C. She guided the school through unprecedented growth and development, and campaigned to sustain the tax levy that supports the college. She also 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 is a director of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. and RPM, Inc. She also served as a director of American Greetings Corporation from 2000 to 2013. Prior to her presidency at TRI-C, she served as the president of Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake, Minn. and as dean of Arts and Sciences at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Ky. and earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas .

Irene Prezelj

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