President and CEO Steven E. Strah addresses shareholders
John W. Somerhalder elected Board chair
Lisa Winston Hicks elected lead impartial director
AKRON, Ohio, Could 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. ( NYSE: FE) President and Chief Government Officer Steven E. Strah instructed shareholders at the moment that FirstEnergy is embracing transformation and innovation to reimagine the corporate and reshape it right into a extra forward-thinking, premier utility.
Talking on the firm’s 2022 Annual Assembly of Shareholders, Strah mentioned FirstEnergy has maintained robust operational and monetary efficiency whereas it really works to optimize its group and advance a tradition that prioritizes integrity and accountability.
“We’re properly positioned to capitalize on long-term, sustainable investments to fulfill our clients’ evolving power wants whereas rising worth for shareholders,” he mentioned.
Strah famous that the corporate’s sustainable funding plan, which totals $17 billion from 2021 to 2025, is targeted on creating a extra resilient and trendy grid and prioritizes rising applied sciences, electrical car infrastructure, renewable era and packages to assist clients optimize their power use. On the identical time, the corporate’s FE Ahead program is driving investments that promote larger effectivity and an distinctive buyer expertise, whereas unlocking alternatives for progress which are embedded within the broad power transition.
Strah additionally mentioned the corporate’s progress on environmental, social and governance issues. For instance, in help of its local weather targets, FirstEnergy started deploying the primary hybrid electrical bucket vehicles in its car fleet, and this spring its West Virginia utilities obtained conditional approval to construct 5 photo voltaic power tasks totaling 50 megawatts. The corporate made strides in 2021 towards its aim of accelerating the variety of racially and ethnically various workers, and earned recognition for its efforts within the space of financial growth, neighborhood engagement and selling variety, fairness and inclusion. Lastly, Strah reviewed among the essential steps the corporate has taken to enhance its governance, resembling constructing a best-in-class compliance program, considerably modifying its method to political engagement, strengthening its management workforce, refreshing its Board of administrators, and advancing a tradition of belief.
“By protecting our core values on the middle of our enterprise practices and each day behaviors, we’re shifting ahead with readability and a renewed sense of goal,” Strah mentioned.
Strah thanked outgoing administrators Michael J. Anderson, Julia L. Johnson, Donald T. Misheff, Thomas N. Mitchell, Christopher D. Pappas and Luis A. Reyes for his or her experience and steerage, and welcomed new administrators Jana T. Croom and Sean T. Klimczak.
“I deeply admire the Board’s confidence in me and stay dedicated to main by instance – with integrity and transparency,” he mentioned. “I am pleased with our firm’s progress on core operational, monetary and ESG issues. And I belief we’ll meet future challenges with a continued spirit of inclusion, innovation and collaboration – a spirit which makes FirstEnergy an organization that is ready to not solely succeed, but in addition to steer, within the years forward.”
Strah’s presentation and remarks can be found right here.
Preliminary Voting Outcomes
FirstEnergy additionally introduced preliminary voting outcomes from its 2022 Annual Assembly. Shareholders reelected 10 administrators to new one-year phrases on the corporate’s Board and elected new impartial administrators Jana T. Croom and Sean T. Klimczak. Shareholders additionally ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the corporate’s impartial registered public accounting agency for 2022 and accredited, on an advisory foundation, named govt officer compensation.
Based mostly on preliminary outcomes, shareholders didn’t approve a shareholder proposal searching for an audit of labor practices associated to the electrical car provide chain, or a shareholder proposal searching for to scale back the share possession threshold required to name a particular shareholders’ assembly to 10%.
All preliminary voting outcomes are topic to last certification and will probably be filed with the Securities and Trade Fee on a Kind 8-Okay.
The next administrators have been elected to one-year phrases:
- Jana T. Croom, chief monetary officer, Kimball Electronics
- Steven J. Demetriou, chairman, chief govt officer and director of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
- Lisa Winston Hicks, chairman, MV Transportation, Inc.
- Paul Kaleta, retired govt vp and normal counsel at First Photo voltaic, Inc.
- Sean T. Klimczak, senior managing director and international head of infrastructure, Blackstone Inc.
- Jesse A. Lynn, normal counsel of Icahn Enterprises, L.P.
- James F. O’Neil III, chief govt officer and vice chairman of Orbital Vitality Group
- John W. Somerhalder, II, former interim president and chief govt officer of CenterPoint Vitality, Inc.
- Steven E. Strah, president and CEO of FirstEnergy
- Andrew Teno, portfolio supervisor of Icahn Capital LP
- Leslie M. Turner, retired senior vp, normal counsel and company secretary of The Hershey Firm
- Melvin Williams, retired president of Nicor Fuel and senior vp of Southern Firm Fuel
Board Management Construction
Following the Annual Assembly, the Board introduced its new management construction.
John W. Somerhalder has been elected chair of the Board and as of Could 20, 2022, will serve completely in that function. He joined FirstEnergy in March 2021 as vice chairman of the Board and govt director, serving as a member of FirstEnergy’s govt management workforce.
Lisa Winston Hicks has been elected lead impartial director of the Board. Hicks has been a member of the FirstEnergy board since June 2021 and served on the Particular Litigation Committee.
“It is my honor to steer the FirstEnergy board throughout this transformative interval within the firm’s historical past,” Somerhalder mentioned. “The corporate has taken many constructive steps to deal with challenges and make progress towards its technique to turn into a premier electrical utility, constructed upon a tradition of integrity. Our refreshed Board is deeply dedicated to persevering with this constructive momentum and creating worth for our shareholders.”
The Board additionally introduced the up to date composition of the next committees:
- Audit: Turner (Chair), Croom, O’Neil, Teno
- Compensation: O’Neil (Chair), Demetriou, Kaleta, Klimczak, Hicks
- Company Governance, Company Duty and Political Oversight: Kaleta (Chair), Croom, Klimczak, Lynn, Williams
- Finance: Demetriou (Chair), Somerhalder, Teno, Turner
- Operations and Security Oversight: Williams (Chair), Lynn, Somerhalder, Hicks
FirstEnergy is devoted to integrity, security, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electrical distribution corporations type one of many nation’s largest investor-owned electrical programs, serving clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The corporate’s transmission subsidiaries function greater than 24,000 miles of transmission strains that join the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic areas. Comply with FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or on-line at www.firstenergycorp.com.
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