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

President and Chief Executive Officer since 2004 of the Company. He also is a Director of Ohio Edison Company, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, The Toledo Edison Company, Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. and has been a Director of these companies during all or a portion of the past five years.  In addition, he serves as a Director of many other subsidiaries of the Company. Director of the Company since 2002.

Michael J. Anderson

Michael J. Anderson

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.

Committees: Corporate Governance (Chair), Finance

Dr. Carol A. Cartwright

Dr. Carol A. Cartwright

Retired in 2011 as president (a position held since January 2009) of Bowling Green State University. Interim president of Bowling Green State University from July 2008 to January 2009. Retired in 2006 as president (a position held since 1991) of Kent State University. She is a director of PolyOne Corporation. Within the past five years, she was also a Director of the Davey Tree Expert Company and KeyCorp. Director of the Company since 1997 and director of Ohio Edison Company from 1992 to 1997.

Committees: Corporate Governance, Nuclear

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 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, Myers Industries, Inc. and The J. M. Smucker Company. Director of the Company from 1998 to 2004 and since 2006.

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

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 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.

Committees:  Compensation, 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. 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 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.

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 (Chair)

Luis A. Reyes

Consultant to the nuclear industry and owner of Luis Reyes Consulting, LLC since 2011. 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

Non-executive Chairman of the FirstEnergy Board of Directors since 2004. 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 a director of Arch Coal, Inc. Director of the Company since 2004.

Committees: Compensation, Nuclear

The Board annually reviews the independence of each of its members to make the affirmative determination of independence that is called for by our Corporate Governance Policies and required by the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The Board will adhere to the definition of an “independent” Director as promulgated from time to time by the NYSE and as set forth by these Corporate Governance Policies. As currently defined by the NYSE, the Board must affirmatively determine that the Director has no material relationship with the Company, either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization with such a relationship with the Company.

While this definition generally leaves to the Board the discretion to determine, on a case by case basis and consistent with applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and NYSE rules and regulations, what constitutes a “material relationship” with the Company, the Corporate Governance Committee will review the following relationships to determine if such relationships are material:

The Director is:

  • an officer, partner, or shareholder of a business enterprise that is a consultant or advisor to the Company;
  • an officer, partner, or shareholder of a significant supplier to the Company;
  • a person with any business relationship with the Company that is required to be disclosed under Section 404 of Regulation S-K of the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC;
  • a person who has any other significant commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, or charitable relationship with the Company;
  • a member of the immediate family of a person with any of the relationships described in the foregoing.


If a Director has one or more of the relationships listed above, that Director is not an independent Director, unless the Corporate Governance Committee recommends, and the Board of Directors approves the recommendation, affirmatively determining that such relationship or relationships are not material. Any such determination and the bases therefore shall be disclosed in the Company’s annual proxy statement.

Additionally, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Board will consider all other relevant facts and circumstances when making independence determinations and will adhere to a definition of an independent Director as being one who is not a current partner or employee of a firm that is the Company’s internal or external auditor, and in the past three years has not been a partner or employee of the present or former internal or external auditor of the Company who personally worked on the Company’s audit during such time, or an affiliate thereof; is not a member of the immediate family of a person who is, or in the past three years has been, employed by the Company in an officer position; or who otherwise has not been barred from being independent as described above.

Compliance with the definition of independence is reviewed annually by the Corporate Governance Committee. Additionally, should any independent Director learn of changes to his or her information that was used to determine independence, such Director shall, as soon as practicable, notify the Corporate Secretary of the relevant information. The Corporate Governance Committee, through its Chair, shall notify the entire Board upon receipt of such notification from the Director or Corporate Secretary.

The ownership of stock in the Company by Directors is encouraged and the ownership of a substantial amount of stock is not in itself a basis for a Director to be considered as not independent.

Based on its most recent review, the Board determined that all directors are independent, except President and Chief Executive Officer - Anthony J. Alexander.