FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. makes major senior management changes

April 28, 2003 — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) has realigned several senior managers within FENOC, as well as at the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants.

“This change better aligns our managerial experience to support the Davis-Besse restart and our overall drive for improved safe, reliable operations throughout our fleet,” said Robert Saunders, FENOC president and Chief Nuclear Officer. “In particular, our realignment creates a new position at Davis-Besse — director of Organizational Development — to continue improvements in our safety culture.”

Mark Bezilla, FENOC vice president at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, has been named vice president and plant manager at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. FENOC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Lew Myers, who previously held the vice president position at Davis-Besse in addition to his COO job, will continue to oversee Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other regulatory activities related to the Davis-Besse restart.

Bill Pearce, vice president of FENOC Oversight, will be promoted to FENOC vice president of Beaver Valley, and Fred von Ahn, director of Nuclear Engineering at Beaver Valley, will be promoted to vice president of FENOC Oversight.

Randy Fast, plant manager at Davis-Besse, was named to the newly created position of director of Organizational Development.

In other changes: Tom Cosgrove, director of Work Management at Beaver Valley, will become director of Nuclear Engineering there; Rick Mende, manager of Plant Engineering at Davis-Besse, will be promoted to director of Work Management at Beaver Valley; and Vito Kaminskas, manager of Nuclear Support at Davis-Besse, will be promoted to director of Maintenance at Beaver Valley.

Reporting to Myers, Bezilla will focus on restart activities and the safe and reliable operations of Davis-Besse. He will oversee the Operations, Maintenance and Work Management, Radiation Protection and Chemistry departments.

Bezilla has more than 26 years of nuclear experience, including management positions at the Davis-Besse, Perry and Hope Creek/Salem plants in New Jersey, and the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Beaver Valley, he served as vice president of Technical Support at PSEG, Nuclear LLC, in New Jersey.

He holds an associate’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University, a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the Thomas A. Edison State College in New Jersey, and was certified as a Senior Reactor Operator at Three Mile Island and Davis-Besse.

Pearce will return to Beaver Valley where he previously served as plant manager and operations manager. He will report to Myers.

Before joining FENOC, he was plant manager at Commonwealth Edison’s Quad Cities Station in Illinois and Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point and St. Lucie plants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from Barry University in Florida and has held NRC senior reactor licenses and served as nuclear shift manager at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point and St. Lucie Plants.

As the new vice president of FENOC Oversight, von Ahn will report to Saunders and the nuclear committee of the FirstEnergy Board of Directors.

He has more than 10 years of service with FENOC, including management positions in Engineering and Outage Planning at Perry. He also held Senior Reactor Operator licenses at Perry and Liebstadt, a boiling water reactor in Switzerland.

Von Ahn earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.

Fast will head the new department of Organizational Development at Davis-Besse, reporting to Myers.

He will focus on Davis-Besse restart activities, particularly safety culture and safety conscious work environment improvements, such as those highlighted in the recent human performance surveys and assessments. Fast will oversee the Training, Human Performance, Emergency Preparedness, and Safety departments, as well as the Management Observation Program.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland and has completed the Westinghouse Senior Reactor Operator training program.

Tom Cosgrove, will become director of Nuclear Engineering at Beaver Valley, reporting to Gary Leidich, executive vice president of FENOC.

Cosgrove has held various management positions within FENOC, including FENOC Director of Oversight and Process Improvement and manager of Regulatory Affairs and Outage Management at Beaver Valley.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and held a Senior Reactor Operator license at Turkey Point.

Rick Mende will move to Beaver Valley as maintenance director, reporting to Pearce. He has ten years of experience in senior management positions with the Nuclear Management Company, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Miami in Florida, completed post-graduate work in engineering from Florida International University and the University of Miami. He also held a Senior Reactor Operator license at Turkey Point.

Vito Kaminskas also will report to Pearce as director of Maintenance at Beaver Valley. He has 28 years of nuclear experience, working for Florida Power and Light, Wisconsin Electric, and the Nuclear Management Company. He has held numerous senior management positions at Turkey Point and Point Beach plants.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida Institute of Technology and has held a Senior Reactor Operator license at Turkey Point.

The Beaver Valley, Perry and Davis-Besse plants are owned by Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. and operated by its FENOC subsidiary. FirstEnergy is a registered public utility holding company.

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