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FENOC elected chief nuclear officer

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Akron, Oh., USA - March 4, 2015, Akron, Oh., USA - FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), announced that Samuel L. Belcher, currently SVP and COO of FENOC, has been elected as its president and chief nuclear officer.

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A 23-year nuclear veteran, Mr. Belcher joined FENOC in December 2012 from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, where he was senior vice president, Site Operations. He also held the positions of site vice president and plant general manager at Constellation's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in New York.

Prior to Constellation, he served as director of Fleet Operations at FENOC and held a number of leadership positions in operations with Energy Northwest and Entergy Nuclear.

Mr. Belcher attained a bachelor of science degree in Engineering from Arkansas Tech University and is a licensed professional engineer. He also held a Senior Reactor Operator license for the River Bend Station in Louisiana. Mr. Belcher replaces Peter P. Sena, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

In a related move, Paul Harden, FENOC senior vice president of Fleet Engineering, has been elected senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Harden will provide day-to-day leadership focused on safe and reliable performance of FENOC's fleet nuclear support groups and four nuclear units. Mr. Harden joined FirstEnergy in January 2008 as vice president, Fleet Support before being named site vice president for the Beaver Valley Power Station. He was named senior vice president of Fleet Engineering in April 2013.

Prior to FirstEnergy, he served as fleet vice president of Projects and Engineering for Nuclear Management Company in Wisconsin. In addition, he has held leadership positions in operations and engineering at the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan and Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin.

Mr. Harden earned a bachelor of science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator license and is a registered professional engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an electronic technician from 1985 to 1992.

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