FirstEnergy makes leadership changes in Akron, Pennsylvania, Met-Ed, Toledo Edison

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FirstEnergy Corp. made a series of leadership changes in its utility business, effective on February 1, 2015.

David J. Karafa, formerly president of FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utility operations, has been named vice president, distribution support for FirstEnergy Utilities. He will assume responsibility for functions including operations services and support, outage management and emergency preparedness. Karafa will report to Steven E. Strah, who was recently named senior vice president and president of FirstEnergy Utilities.

Linda L. Moss, formerly regional president, Toledo Edison, will replace Karafa as president of Pennsylvania operations, which includes the Met-Ed, Penelec and West Penn Power electric utility operating companies. She will report to Mark Julian, vice president of utility operations.

Richard S. Sweeney will replace Moss as regional president, Toledo Edison. He previously served as Toledo Edison's director of operations services and now will report to Dennis Chack, president of FirstEnergy's Ohio operations.

Edward L. Shuttleworth has been named regional president of Met-Ed, reporting to Moss. He was previously director of operations services for The Illuminating Co.

"FirstEnergy is dedicated to continually enhancing service to our utility customers," said Strah. "These individuals have compiled strong records of implementing processes and programs that enhance reliability and support safe and efficient operations. In their new roles, they will have an opportunity to make an even greater impact for our customers and our business."

Karafa, 52, joined the company in 1981 as a surveyor. Following a series of promotions, he was named director of operations services in 2002, then director of energy delivery performance & process improvement in 2005, and led a work management improvement initiative in 2008. He was promoted to regional president of Met-Ed in 2011, regional president of Ohio Edison in 2012 and president of Pennsylvania operations in 2013.

Moss, 49, began her career with Potomac Edison in 1987, and served in numerous distribution engineering, operations management and project management roles. In 2011, following the merger of Allegheny Energy and FirstEnergy, she was named director, operations support, at Potomac Edison. She was promoted to regional president of Toledo Edison in 2013.

Sweeney, 44, joined FirstEnergy in 1999 as a programmer analyst in information technology. He held numerous roles within IT and supply chain before being promoted to director of operations support for Ohio Edison in 2008. He became director of operations services for Toledo Edison in 2013.

Shuttleworth, 46, began his career at Penn Power in 1989. He held a number of supervisory and management positions at FirstEnergy's utility companies before being named director of operations support for The Illuminating Co. in 2010. He was named director of operations services for Potomac Edison in 2012 and returned to his former position at The Illuminating Co. in 2014.

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