AKRON, Ohio, July 10, 2015 -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has promoted Raymond A. Lieb to senior vice president of Fleet Engineering at its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, and Brian D. Boles to site vice president at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant.

In his new position, Lieb will provide overall guidance and oversight of FENOC's engineering organization, focusing on sound engineering practices that keep the company's nuclear plants operating safely and reliably.  Lieb will report to FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer Samuel L. Belcher.

Boles replaces Lieb as site vice president of Davis-Besse and will report to Senior Vice President and FENOC Chief Operating Officer Paul A. Harden.  As site vice president, Boles is responsible for overall management, direction and coordination of Davis-Besse's operation.

"Ray's extensive engineering background and solid understanding of plant operations will benefit FENOC's fleet engineering organization.  In addition, Brian's past experience at Davis-Besse and his solid leadership abilities will assist the site in continuing to achieve top industry performance," said Belcher.  "We are fortunate to have a deep bench of solid leaders within FENOC, and I am confident Ray and Brian will continue to guide the safe, reliable and cost-efficient operations of our nuclear plants in their new roles."

Following his service in the nuclear navy, Lieb began his career in operations at Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 1993.  He joined Beaver Valley's operations group in 1996 as an assistant nuclear shift supervisor and served as shift manager and in various engineering, outage and work management leadership roles before being named director of Site Operations at Beaver Valley in 2009.  Lieb was promoted to his most recent position of Davis-Besse site vice president in September 2012.  Over the course of his nuclear career, he also served as a FENOC loaned employee to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). 

Lieb received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.  He also was licensed as a senior reactor operator at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant and Beaver Valley Unit 1.

Boles has served as vice president, Nuclear Support for FENOC since May 2014.  He began his career with the company in 1985 at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant as an engineering technician.  He held the positions of manager of Nuclear Engineering, manager of Operations and manager of Outage Management at Perry before joining Davis-Besse in 2003 as manager of Nuclear Engineering.  In 2006, he became the plant's Site Maintenance director and was named Site Operations director in 2009.

Boles obtained a senior reactor operator license at Perry Nuclear Power Plant and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio.  Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.; the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio; and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

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