AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 27, 2012 -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) today announced that Anne Grealy has been promoted to executive director of State Government Affairs.

In this role, she will oversee legislative strategies in the company's Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland service areas as well as in areas where the company's competitive subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, is active, including Illinois and Michigan. She will also act as the company's liaison with public utilities commissions.

Most recently, Grealy served as director of Federal Regulatory Affairs in FirstEnergy's Washington, D.C. office. Previously, she held director positions in Customer Service at Allegheny Power and worked in regulatory affairs at Florida Power and Light Company.

Grealy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami in Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology from Florida State University.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, hydro and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.

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