FirstEnergy makes leadership changes at JCP&L

FirstEnergy Corp. announced that James V. Fakult, formerly president of Maryland operations, has been named president, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). He succeeds Don Lynch, who has elected to retire after more than 37 years with JCP&L. The change will be effective June 3, 2013.

In related organizational moves, Anthony Hurley, currently director of operations services, Toledo Edison, has been promoted to vice president of operations, JCP&L, effective May 13, 2013. Ralph Hillmer, currently director, operations support, JCP&L, has been named director, operations services, JCP&L.

He succeeds Craig Hotchkiss, who was named director, operations services, Ohio Edison. In addition, Patricia Mullin, currently general manager, regional operations services — East, JCP&L, has been named director of operations support, JCP&L. These moves will be effective April 29, 2013.

Fakult joined the company in 1987 as an associate marketing representative with Ohio Edison, another FirstEnergy unit. Following a series of marketing-related promotions, he was named director, sales, in 1999.

In 2001, he was named director, large commercial & industrial segments and was later promoted to director of customer support. He was named general manager of regional operations support, for Ohio Edison in 2008.

Following the FirstEnergy merger with Allegheny Energy in February 2011, Fakult was promoted to president, Maryland Operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.

Lynch joined JCP&L in 1976 as a power station engineer and was promoted to various management positions throughout the company’s generation operations. In the mid-1990s, Lynch began working on the utility side of the company, ultimately being named regional president of Central New Jersey for GPU in 2000.

After the merger of FirstEnergy and GPU in 2001, Lynch was named president of the Central Region for JCP&L, and became regional president for Northern and Central regions in 2005. He was promoted to president, JCP&L in 2009.

Hurley joined the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. in 1980 and was named manager of regional engineering services in 2003. In 2005, he was named director of operations support, Toledo Edison, and in 2011 promoted to director of operations services.

Hillmer joined JCP&L in 2008 as director of regional operations support — East, and was named director of operations support, the following year. Prior to joining JCP&L, he worked for Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc., as general line supervisor.

JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

FirstEnergy’s 10 electric distribution companies serve customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.

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