AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trent A. Smith of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been promoted to regional president of The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company for Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). Smith, who is currently regional president of Toledo Edison, will assume his new position following completion of the proposed merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy (NYSE: AYE).
Smith joined the company in 1988 as an associate marketing representative. Following a series of marketing-related promotions, he was named director of Sales in 1998. In 2001, he was promoted to vice president of Sales for FirstEnergy Solutions and to vice president of Sales and Marketing in 2004. He was named to his current position in 2005.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial engineering technology at Kent State University.
The proposed merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy was announced February 11, 2010, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. It has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. Shareholders for both FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy overwhelmingly approved proposals related to the proposed merger. The companies also have applications pending with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Maryland Public Service Commission.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services. Its seven electric utility operating companies comprise the nation's fifth largest investor-owned electric system, based on 4.5 million customers served within a 36,100-square-mile area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and its generation subsidiaries control approximately 13,500 megawatts of capacity.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.