FirstEnergy Appoints Joseph McClelland Vice President, External Affairs

Significant industry expertise will help lead all government relations activities for the company

Akron, Ohio, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that Joseph (Joe) McClelland was named Vice President, External Affairs, Workforce July 18. McClelland will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s government relations activities, including local, state and federal affairs, and for engaging with policy makers on legislation that may impact FirstEnergy’s customers and operations. He will report to Sam BelcherSenior Vice President, Operations.

“Joe brings to FirstEnergy nearly forty years of experience in the energy and electric utility industry, as well as extensive experience working with government agencies and offices at all levels,” said Steven E. Strah, President and CEO. “As head of our External Affairs function, he will support our efforts to ensure that all of our government relations activities and related stakeholder engagement are aligned with our core values ​​and our enhanced policies and procedures. We look forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge and skill.”

McClelland most recently served as director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Appointed to this position in September 2012McClelland led FERC’s external affairs efforts related to OEIS activities and helped identify, communicate, and seek comprehensive solutions to potential risks to FERC’s jurisdictional facilities due to cyber and security threats. physical.

Prior to leading OEIS, McClelland was the first Director of FERC’s Office of Electrical Reliability, established in 2007. He joined FERC in 2004 as Director of the Reliability Division in the Office of Markets at FERC. energy and reliability.

Prior to joining FERC, McClelland had over 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He began his career at Allegheny Energy Inc. (now part of FirstEnergy), holding various positions in engineering, marketing, regulatory, tariffs and project development. Immediately before joining FERC, McClelland was the general manager of the Custer Public Power District in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

McClelland earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its ten power distribution companies form one of the largest investor-owned power grids in the country, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The Company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

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