AKRON, Ohio, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that Kevin R. Burgess, executive director, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) Finance, has been named executive director, Internal Auditing, effective March 1. Burgess replaces James D. Jenkins, who has elected to retire after 28 years with the company. Nicholas P. Fernandez, director of Portfolio Management for FES, replaces Burgess as director of FES Finance. Burgess, who reports to James F. Pearson, senior vice president and chief financial officer, joined FirstEnergy in 1999 as manager, Business Services, for the W.H. Sammis and R.E. Burger plants. He has held numerous financial accounting positions, including assistant controller, Corporate; assistant controller, FirstEnergy Utilities; and controller, FES. He was named executive director, FES Finance, in November 2012. Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Burgess was plant controller for a major office furniture manufacturer. "Kevin brings a wealth of experience and integrity to this role, and I am confident that he will help ensure FirstEnergy's internal controls remain strong," Pearson said. "Under Jim's leadership, our Internal Auditing group helped to ensure that our company met the highest levels of governance standards. He is a true professional and I wish him all the best in his retirement." Burgess graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business, with an emphasis in accounting. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University. Fernandez joined FirstEnergy in 1999 as an assistant business analyst in Fossil Operations. In 2002, he became a trading services specialist for FES. Fernandez served as manager, Supply Planning, and director, Provider of Last Resort (POLR), before being named director of portfolio management in 2012.