FirstEnergy Names Joseph McClelland Vice President, External Affairs

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 3:00pm UTC

FirstEnergy Names Joseph McClelland Vice President, External Affairs

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Significant industry expertise will help lead all government relations activities for the company

AKRON, Ohio, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced that Joseph (Joe) McClelland has been named vice president, External Affairs, effective July 18. McClelland will be responsible for overseeing all government relations activities for the company, including local, state and federal affairs, and engaging with policymakers on legislation that may impact FirstEnergy's customers and operations. He will report to Sam Belcher, senior vice president, Operations.

"Joe brings to FirstEnergy nearly forty years of experience in the energy and electric utility industry, as well as extensive experience engaging with government agencies and offices at all levels," said Steven E. Strah, president and chief executive officer. "As the leader of our External Affairs function, he will support our efforts to ensure all of our government relations activities and related stakeholder engagement are in keeping with our core values and enhanced policies and procedures. We look forward to benefiting from his deep insights and expertise."

McClelland most recently served as director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Appointed to this role in September 2012, McClelland led FERC's external affairs efforts related to OEIS activities and assisted in identifying, communicating and seeking comprehensive solutions to potential risks to FERC-jurisdictional facilities from cyber and physical security threats.

Prior to directing OEIS, McClelland served as the first director of FERC's Office of Electric Reliability, which was created in 2007. He joined FERC in 2004 as director of the Division of Reliability within the Office of Energy Markets and Reliability.

Before joining FERC, McClelland had more than 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He began his career with Allegheny Energy Inc. (now part of FirstEnergy), holding a variety of positions in engineering, marketing, regulation and rates and project development. Immediately prior to joining FERC, McClelland was the general manager of the Custer Public Power District in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

McClelland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its ten electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

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