Leadership Team

Somerhalder

John W. Somerhalder II   

Vice Chairperson and Executive Director
FirstEnergy Corp.

John W. Somerhalder joined FirstEnergy in 2021 as vice chairperson and executive director. He is leading FirstEnergy's efforts to rebuild trust with external stakeholders and supporting the senior leadership team’s efforts to achieve its priorities and strengthen the company's governance and compliance functions.

In addition to his role at FirstEnergy, he serves as a director of Gulfport Energy Corp., Piedmont Healthcare and the Gas Technology Institute. Previously he was a director of Centerpoint Energy, Inc.; a director and board chairman of Enable Midstream Partners, LP; a director at SunCoke Energy Partners GP LLC; and a director at Crestwood Equity GP LLC, the general partner of Crestwood Equity Partners LP. He also served as interim president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., interim president and chief executive officer of Colonial Pipeline Company, and from 2006 until his retirement in 2015, he was president and chief executive officer of AGL Resources Inc., a former publicly traded energy services holding company. He served as chairman of AGL Resources board of directors from 2007 to 2015.

Earlier in his career, Somerhalder served in a number of roles with El Paso Corporation, a publicly traded natural gas and related energy products provider, where he spent almost 30 years, starting his career as an engineer and holding progressively more responsible leadership roles before being named president of El Paso Pipeline Group and executive vice president of El Paso Corporation. 

Strah

Steven E. Strah

President and Chief Executive Officer
FirstEnergy Corp.

Steve Strah is president and chief executive officer, FirstEnergy Corp.  

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 2011. and he was named senior vice president and president of FirstEnergy Utilities in 2015. He was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer of FirstEnergy in March 2018, and was elected president in May 2020. He was appointed president and acting CEO in October 2020. He was named to his current position in March 2021. 

Belcher

Samuel L. Belcher

Senior Vice President, Operations

Sam Belcher is responsible for FirstEnergy’s regulated electric utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York, as well as the company’s transmission assets and investments. His responsibilities also include information technology, external affairs, community involvement and the company’s FE Forward transformation program. 

Belcher joined FirstEnergy in 2012 as senior vice president and chief operating officer of its former FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) subsidiary. Earlier, he was senior vice president, Site Operations at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. Prior to Constellation, Belcher served as director of Fleet Operations at FENOC and held a number of operations leadership positions with Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station and Entergy Nuclear’s River Bend and Arkansas Nuclear One.

Belcher was named president and chief nuclear officer for FENOC in 2015. He was named senior vice president and president, FirstEnergy Utilities in 2018 and named to his current position effective August 2021.

Henry

Michelle Henry

Senior Vice President, Customer Experience
FirstEnergy Service Company

Michelle Henry leads FirstEnergy’s customer service function and its sales, products and services, and energy efficiency initiatives.

Henry began her career with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company in 1988 as a Scholastics Awards Student engineer at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. She has served as the manager, Business Analytics; manager, Corporate Cash Management; and manager, Finance Strategy and Reporting. She became manager, FERC and Transmission Technical Support for FirstEnergy Utilities in 2011 and was promoted to director, Market Policy for FirstEnergy Service Company in 2014. She served as director, FERC & State Regulatory Compliance before being named vice president of Customer Service for FirstEnergy Utilities, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., in May 2020. She was promoted to her current position effective August 2021.

Park

Hyun Park     

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
FirstEnergy Service Company

Hyun Park joined FirstEnergy in 2021 as senior vice president and chief legal officer for FirstEnergy. He is responsible for the company's legal and internal audit functions, and oversees the company’s ethics and compliance program. 

Previously, Park was partner and general counsel of LimNexus LLP, where he advised clients on a wide variety of complex matters, including crisis management, litigation and corporate transactions. Prior to joining LimNexus in October 2019, he was Of Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP. From 2006 to 2017, Park served as senior vice president and general counsel for PG&E Corporation and its businesses, including its principal subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Prior to joining PG&E Corporation, he was vice president, general counsel and secretary of Allegheny Energy, Inc. and previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Sithe Energies, Inc. He began his career at Latham & Watkins and became an equity partner there. 

 

Taylor

K. Jon Taylor 

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
FirstEnergy Service Company

Jon Taylor is senior vice president, chief financial officer and strategy for FirstEnergy, with responsibility for accounting; treasury; investor relations and communications; risk; supply chain; and rates and regulatory affairs. 

Taylor joined FirstEnergy in 2009 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He progressed through various senior level financial positions, including assistant controller FirstEnergy Utilities and assistant controller FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy Generation. In October 2012, he was promoted to vice president and assistant controller for FirstEnergy Corp., and he was named vice president, controller and chief accounting officer in 2013. In March 2018, Taylor was named president of Ohio Operations, then he was promoted to vice president, FirstEnergy Utilities in April 2019. He was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer in May 2020 and named to his current position effective August 2021.


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Walker

Christine L. Walker

Senior Vice President, 
Chief Human Resources Officer and Corporate Services
FirstEnergy Service Company

Chris Walker leads FirstEnergy's human resources function, including talent management; total rewards; diversity and inclusion; labor relations and safety; and corporate services.

Walker began her career with GPU, Inc., in the Information Technology organization and held various positions in Human Resources and Customer Service prior to GPU's merger with FirstEnergy in 2001. She was promoted to director, Compensation and Retirement programs in 2005, executive director, Human Resources, in 2011, and executive director, Talent Management, in 2016. She was named vice president, Human Resources, in 2018 and was promoted to senior vice president and chief human resources officer in May 2019. She was named to her current position effective August 2021.

Fernández

Antonio Fernández

Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
FirstEnergy Service Company    

As chief ethics and compliance officer, Antonio Fernández leads a dedicated team of compliance professionals with a focus on strengthening the company's ethics and compliance function. He reports to the senior vice president and chief legal officer as well as the Audit Committee of the Board, and collaborates closely with the compliance oversight subcommittee of the Audit Committee.

Fernández joined FirstEnergy in April 2021 after five years as chief compliance, NERC & privacy officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where he led PSEG’s ethics, compliance and privacy programs, advised senior management and the Board of Directors on the company’s compliance program and provided advice on ethics, compliance, privacy and cybersecurity matters. Before joining PSEG in 2016, he was global ombuds leader and executive counsel for GE Power. During his five years at GE, he held various roles of increasing responsibility in GE’s compliance program, including serving as chief compliance officer for GE’s nuclear business and as GE’s corporate ombuds leader. Earlier in his career, Fernández was a senior attorney for Florida Power & Light from 2007 to 2011 and nuclear counsel for Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 2005 to 2007. He began his career at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of the General Counsel in its Honors Program.

Prezelj

Irene M. Prezelj

Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications
FirstEnergy Service Company    

Irene Prezelj is responsible for managing the company's relationships with the investment community, communications and branding, and corporate responsibility.

Prezelj joined the company in 1984, and progressed through positions in the Marketing, Public Affairs and Market Intelligence departments. She became manager, Investor Relations, in 2008, then was promoted to director, Investor Relations, in 2009 and to executive director, Investor Relations, in 2011. She was named vice president, Investor Relations in 2011, and was promoted to her current role effective August 2021.

Electric Company Leadership

Officer

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John Skory Vice President, Utility Operations
Edward L. Shuttleworth President, Ohio Operations
Scott R. Wyman President, Pennsylvania Operations
James V. Fakult President, New Jersey Operations
James H. Myers III President, West Virginia Operations
Linda L. Moss President, Maryland Operations