– USA, OH – FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) today announced that Leslie M. Turner has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors.

Turner retired earlier this year as senior vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary of The Hershey Company.

“Leslie’s extensive experience as a high-level legal and policy advisor will be valuable to our company and its shareholders,” said Donald T. Misheff, chairman of FirstEnergy’s Board of Directors.  “We welcome her to our board.”

This election, which is effective today, brings the size of FirstEnergy’s Board to 13 members.

About Leslie Turner

Turner has more than 25 years of experience as an advisor to corporate and government leaders.  Prior to joining Hershey as general counsel in 2012, she was general counsel of Coca-Cola North America from 2008 until 2012, and associate general counsel of the company’s Bottling Investment Groups from 2006 to 2008.

Turner began her career at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where she rose to Partner.  In addition, she served as the Assistant Secretary, Territorial & International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1993 to 1995, and as Counselor to Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior, from 1995 to 1996.

Turner has been a member of the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University Law Center since 2012, and of the Board of Trustees and Trustees Emeriti, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, since 1992.  From 2008 until 2012 she was a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice in Atlanta.

Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Laws in Law and Government from American University, Washington College of Law.

About FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 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.

For more information : http://www.firstenergycorp.com

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