FirstEnergy ( FE) named ethanol industry executive Michael J. Anderson to its board.

The Akron, Ohio-based electricity generator said Anderson will join Feb. 1.

Anderson is CEO of The Andersons ( ANDE), the Maumee, Ohio, conglomerate with interests in agriculture, ethanol, rail-car marketing, industrial and turf products and general merchandise retailing.

"Mike is a great addition to our board," said FirstEnergy's chairman, George M. Smart.