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FirstEnergy Announces Leadership Changes At Its Jersey Central Power & Light Subsidiary

AKRON, Ohio, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that James V. Fakult, formerly president, Maryland Operations, has been named president, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L).  He succeeds Don Lynch, who has elected to retire after more than 37 years with JCP&L.  The change will be effective June 3, 2013.

In related organizational moves, Anthony Hurley, currently director, Operations Services, Toledo Edison, has been promoted to vice president of Operations, JCP&L, effective May 13, 2013.  Ralph Hillmer, currently director, Operations Support, JCP&L, has been named director, Operations Services, JCP&L.  He succeeds Craig Hotchkiss, who was named director, Operations Services, Ohio Edison.  In addition, Patricia Mullin, currently general manager, Regional Operations Services – East, JCP&L, has been named director, Operations Support, JCP&L.  These moves will be effective April 29, 2013.

Fakult joined the company in 1987 as an associate marketing representative with Ohio Edison, another FirstEnergy subsidiary.  Following a series of marketing-related promotions, he was named director, Sales, in 1999.  In 2001, he was named director, Large Commercial & Industrial Segments and was later promoted to director, Customer Support.  He was named general manager, Regional Operations Support, for Ohio Edison in 2008.  Following the FirstEnergy merger with Allegheny Energy in February 2011, Fakult was promoted to president, Maryland Operations.  He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in business administration from Ashland University.

"Jim has been an important member of our utility management team for years and was responsible for the smooth integration process we experienced in Maryland as a result of the merger," said Senior Vice President and President, FirstEnergy Utilities Charles E. Jones.  "He has a proven track record of enhancing customer satisfaction and service reliability."

Lynch joined JCP&L in 1976 as a power station engineer and was promoted to various management positions throughout the company's generation operations.  In the mid-1990s, Lynch began working on the utility side of the company, ultimately being named regional president of Central New Jersey for GPU in 2000.  After the merger of FirstEnergy and GPU in 2001, Lynch was named president of the Central Region for JCP&L, and became regional president for Northern and Central regions in 2005.  He was promoted to president, JCP&L in 2009.

"Don has been a valued member of JCP&L's management team and I will miss his knowledge, dedication, and the commitment to safe operations he instilled throughout the company," said Jones. 

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