A series of leadership changes for FirstEnergy Corp.’s finance and generation organizations will expand roles and responsibilities for key executives as part of the company’s succession planning strategy.
James F. Pearson, vice president and treasurer, has been promoted to senior vice president and treasurer. He will continue reporting to Mark T. Clark, executive vice president and CFO.
Bennett L. Gaines, vice president of corporate services and chief information officer, has been named senior vice president of corporate services and chief information officer. Gaines will continue reporting to Clark.
In related moves, Steven R. Staub, formerly assistant treasurer, has been promoted to executive director and assistant treasurer, reporting to Pearson.
James Whitley, director of corporate security and information technology (IT) compliance, has been named executive director of corporate security and IT compliance and will continue reporting to Gaines.
In other changes, Gary D. Benz, executive director of business development, has been promoted to vice president of supply chain, reporting to Gaines. Current Supply Chain Vice President John W. Judge will become vice president of corporate risk and chief risk officer, reporting to Clark and overseeing credit, enterprise risk management, insurance risk and risk control.
“The extensive FirstEnergy and industry experience of each of these individuals will help us continue the implementation of our successful strategy and enhance the performance of our company as a whole,” Clark said.
Judge succeeds William D. Byrd, who will retire Sept. 1. During his 35-year career with the company, Byrd has held management positions in rates, advanced engineering and planning, wholesale marketing and FirstEnergy trading. Before being named to his current position in 2007, Byrd served as director of rate strategy.
“Bill’s contribution to FirstEnergy has been significant, particularly during the past decade when the company and industry faced unprecedented change,” Clark said.
Within FirstEnergy generation, Raymond L. Evans, executive director of environmental, has been promoted to vice president of environmental. He will continue reporting to James H. Lash, president of FirstEnergy generation and chief nuclear officer.