FirstEnergy announces generation leadership changes

FirstEnergy Corp. announced that Fred von Ahn, formerly vice president, North Fleet Operations, for its FirstEnergy Generation Corp. subsidiary, has been promoted to vice president, Central Fleet Operations. Von Ahn succeeds Frank Lubich, who has elected to retire after more than 35 years with the company. 

Joining the company in 1998, von Ahn was a lead engineer at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, before being promoted to director of nuclear engineering. In 2003, he was named vice president of Oversight, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. prior to being promoted to director of site operations. In 2006, he was named director of fleet operations support, and the following year von Ahn became director of fossil operations support. 

“Fred has been a vital member of our management team for many years and has helped us manage a variety of challenges, particularly in how we operate our fleet in accordance with new U.S. EPA rules,” said James Lash, FirstEnergy Generation president. “With his experience on both the fossil and nuclear side of our business, Fred will continue the strong leadership we have had over the years at our Central Fleet Operations, which includes some of our most valuable generating assets.”

FirstEnergy Generation’s Central Fleet includes the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton, Ohio, the Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport, Pa., and Pleasants Power Station in Belmont, W.Va. The North Fleet is comprised mostly of plants FirstEnergy is deactivating because of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rules.

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