Allegheny Energy names new chief financial officer

HAGERSTOWN, Md., July 8, 2003 — Allegheny Energy Inc. announced that Jeffrey D. Serkes has joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Serkes will lead Allegheny Energy’s financial, accounting, treasury, and corporate development functions.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeff to Allegheny Energy,” said Paul J. Evanson, Allegheny Energy Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “His expertise in financial markets and successful experiences in dealing with the types of issues now facing our Company will be invaluable as we continue to take steps to improve our financial condition and restore investor confidence.”

Serkes brings to Allegheny Energy more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance. He previously served as Vice President and Treasurer for IBM, and also served as Vice President of Finance for IBM’s Sales & Distribution Division. Prior to joining IBM, he held a number of leadership positions for RJR Nabisco, including Vice President and Deputy Treasurer.

Serkes is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In addition, he holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers University Business School, where he currently serves on the Board of Advisers.

Consistent with the revised New York Stock Exchange listing standards recently approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Allegheny Energy stated that Serkes will receive an inducement award of 550,000 stock units on January 2, 2004. The number of units is subject to upward adjustment, based on Allegheny Energy’s stock price, pursuant to a formula summarized in a report on Form 8-K, which Allegheny Energy is filing with the SEC today. One-third of the units vest on each of July 3, 2004, July 3, 2005, and July 3, 2006. Payment of the units will be made in either shares of Allegheny Energy stock or in cash, as will be determined by the Company.

With headquarters in Hagerstown, Md., Allegheny Energy is an integrated energy company with a balanced portfolio of businesses, including Allegheny Energy Supply, which owns and operates electric generating facilities and supplies energy and energy-related commodities, and Allegheny Power, which delivers low-cost, reliable electric and natural gas service to about three million people in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. More information about the Company is available at

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