Peter P. Sena III Elected President and Chief Nuclear Officer of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company

Sam Belcher Joins Company as Senior Vice President, Operations, and Chief Operating Officer

Nov 26, 2012, 13:26 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

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. 

A 21-year nuclear veteran, Belcher joins FENOC from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, where he most recently served as senior vice president, Site Operations.  He has also held the positions of site vice president and plant general manager at Constellation's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.  Prior to Constellation, Belcher served as director of Fleet Operations at FENOC and held a number of leadership positions in Operations with Entergy Northwest and Entergy Nuclear.

Belcher attained a bachelor of science degree in Engineering from Arkansas Tech University and is a licensed professional engineer.  He also held a Senior Reactor Operator license for the River Bend Station.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio.  Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.; the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio; and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

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