AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), today announced that Peter P. Sena III, currently president and chief operating officer, has been elected president and chief nuclear officer of FENOC. In his new position, Sena will provide overall guidance and strategy to the FENOC nuclear fleet and interface with industry leadership to drive high standards and best practices that enhance U.S. nuclear industry performance. In a related move, Sam Belcher is joining FENOC as senior vice president, Operations, and chief operating officer. Belcher, who will report to Sena, will provide day-to-day leadership focused on safe and reliable performance of FENOC's four nuclear units. Both changes are effective December 10, 2012. "As we continue to focus on achieving top industry performance, strong nuclear leadership with a focus on safety and excellence is critical to our success," said James H. Lash, FirstEnergy Generation president. "With solid management expertise and technical knowledge, Pete has been an instrumental leader in our organization. Together with Sam, who brings a strong operational background to the team, I am confident the team will continue to drive improvement and excellence within our fleet." Sena joined the company in 1996 as an assistant shift supervisor at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, PA. After serving on special assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), he held a number of progressively responsible leadership positions at Beaver Valley in Operations and Engineering before being promoted to Beaver Valley site vice president in 2007. Sena was promoted to senior vice president, FENOC Operations in 2010. He was named to his current position of president and chief operating officer in 2011. Prior to joining the company, Sena was employed by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a resident inspector. In addition, from 1985 to 1990, he was an officer in the United States Navy, serving with the nuclear submarine fleet. Sena earned a bachelor of science degree in fuel science from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the INPO senior nuclear plant manager course. In addition, he held a Senior Reactor Operator license for both Beaver Valley Unit 1 and Unit 2.