FirstEnergy Names Kevin R. Burgess Executive Director, Internal Auditing

James D. Jenkins to Retire

Mar 13, 2013, 15:45 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

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.

Fernandez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Kent State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Jenkins joined FirstEnergy as supervisor of Internal Auditing in 1985.  He held management positions in the company's Material Management & Investment Recovery and Process & System Integrity groups before being promoted to director, Internal Auditing, in 2004.

Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.  He is a past president of the Canton/Akron chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a board member of the northeast Ohio chapter.  He is also a past member of the Lake, Ohio, school board and a current board member and treasurer of Pegasus Farm, a therapeutic equestrian center for individuals with disabilities, in Hartville, Ohio.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

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