Board of Directors
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.
Michael J. Anderson
Chairman of the board of directors since 2017 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. Previously executive chairman of the board of directors of Andersons, Inc., from 2009 to 2016, chief executive officer from 1999 to 2015 and president from 1999 to 2009. Director of the Company since 2007.
Steven J. Demetriou
Chairman and chief executive officer of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., a provider of technical professional and construction services company, since August 2015. Chairman and chief executive officer (from 2004 to 2015) of Aleris Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum rolled products; director (from 2008 to 2014) and non-executive chairman (from 2011 to 2014) of Foster-Wheeler AG; director of the OM Group (from 2005 to 2015); and director of Kraton Corporation (from 2009 to 2017). Director of the Company since January 2017.
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 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. Director of the Company since 2011. She was a director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2003 to 2011.
Charles E. Jones
President, CEO and director of the Company 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 your Company, and served as a director FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. from 2015 to 2016.
Donald T. Misheff
Non-executive Chairman of the Board since May 2018. 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. Director of the Company since 2012.
Thomas N. Mitchell
Retired in 2015 as the president, chief executive officer and director (positions held since 2009) of Ontario Power Generation Inc., 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. Director of the Company since January 2016.
James F. O’Neil III
President, chief executive officer and director of Quanta Services, Inc., a provider of specialty contracting services to the electric power and oil and gas industries (from 2011 to 2016). Principal Owner, since October 2017, of Forefront Solutions, LLC, which provides consulting services primarily to the energy infrastructure industry. Director of the Company since January 2017.
Christopher D. Pappas
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 (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 public company: Univar Inc., a chemical distributor and provider. Director of the Company since 2011. He was a director of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (merged with the Company in 2011) from 2008 to 2011.
Retired in May 2014 as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, a position she held since 2003. Prior to retiring, Ms. Pianalto also chaired the Federal Reserve’s Financial Services Policy Committee, which is a committee of senior Federal Reserve Bank officials responsible for overall direction of financial services and related support functions for the Federal Reserve Banks and for leadership in the evolving U.S. payment system. Ms. Pianalto is an advisory trustee and holds the FirstMerit chair in banking at the University of Akron. She also serves as a director of the following three other public companies: Eaton Corporation plc, Prudential Financial, Inc. and The J.M. Smucker Company. Director of the Company since February 2018.
Luis A. Reyes
Retired in 2011 as a regional administrator (a position held since 2008) of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a federal regulatory agency. 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.
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 serves as a director of the following two other public companies: Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. and Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. She also served as a director of American Greetings Corporation from 2000 to 2013 and RPM International, Inc. from 1999 to 2017. Director of the Company since March 2015.
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). Click here to see our Corporate Governance Policies.