First Energy Corp. (NYSE: FE) appoints a new vice president of external affairs.
The Akron-based utility company announced that Joseph McClelland has been appointed to the role effective Monday, July 18. legislation that may impact FirstEnergy’s customers and operations,” FirstEnergy said in a press release issued Tuesday, July 5.
He will report to Sam Belcher, Senior Vice President of Operations.
McClelland was most recently director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was appointed to this position in September 2012 and “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. FERC due to cyber and physical security threats,” FirstEnergy said in the release.
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 started his career at Allegheny Energy Inc., a company that is now part of FirstEnergy.
Steven E. Strah, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, said in a statement that McClelland “will support our efforts to ensure that all of our government relations activities and related stakeholder engagement are consistent with our core values and our improved policies and procedures. We look forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge and expertise.”