Paul T. Addison

Paul T. Addison

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.

Committees: Audit, Finance (Chair)

Anthony J. Alexander

Anthony J. Alexander

Executive chairman of the board. He served as a director of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. and also served as a director of many other subsidiaries of the Company. Until January 1, 2015, he served as president and chief executive officer, a position he held since 2004. Director of the Company since 2002.

Michael J. Anderson

Michael J. Anderson

Chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer since 2009 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. He also served as president and chief executive officer of The Andersons, Inc. from 1999 to 2009.  Director of the Company since 2007.

Committees: Corporate Governance (Chair), Finance

William T. Cottle

William T. Cottle

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.

Committees: Corporate Governance, Nuclear (Chair)

Robert B. Heisler, Jr.

Robert B. Heisler, Jr.

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.  Director of the Company since 2006 and from 1998 to 2004.

Committees: Audit, Compensation

Julia L. Johnson

Julia L. Johnson

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.

Committees:  Corporate Governance, Finance

Charles E. Jones

Charles E. Jones

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 the Company's utility subsidiaries from 2010 to 2015. He was also senior vice president of the Company's utility subsidiaries from 2009 to 2010. He also serves as a director of many other subsidiaries of the Company, including FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.  Director of the Company since January 2015.

Ted J. Kleisner

Ted J. Kleisner

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 1988-2006. Director of the Company since 2011 and director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2001 to 2011.

Committees:  Compensation (Chair), Nuclear

Donald T. Misheff

Donald T. Misheff

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. Director of the Company since 2012.

Committees:  Finance, Nuclear 

Ernest J. Novak, Jr.

Ernest J. Novak, Jr.

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. 

Committees: Audit (Chair), Finance

Christopher D. Pappas

Christopher D. Pappas

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 the Company since 2011 and director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2008 to 2011.

Committees: Compensation, Finance

Catherine A. Rein

Catherine A. Rein

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.

Committees: Audit, Compensation

Luis A. Reyes

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. Director of the Company since 2013.

Committees: Corporate Governance, Nuclear

George M. Smart

George M. Smart

Lead independent director of the FirstEnergy board of directors effective January 1, 2015. Non-executive Chairman of the FirstEnergy board of directors from 2004-2014. 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.

Committees: Audit, Corporate Governance

Wes M. Taylor

Wes M. Taylor

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 the chairman of the board of directors of Arch Coal, Inc. Director of the Company since 2004.

Committees: Compensation, Nuclear

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton

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. Director of the Company since March 2015.

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