Lisa Winston Hicks and Paul Kaleta Elected to FirstEnergy Board of Directors

June 30, 2021

Today FirstEnergy announced that Lisa Winston Hicks and Paul Kaleta have been elected to the company’s Board of Directors. These additions will bring the size of the Board to 16 members.

“We welcome Lisa and Paul to the FirstEnergy Board,” said Chairman Don Misheff. “Lisa has held legal and leadership roles in several corporations, including in the utility space, as well as in private practice and the federal government. She is recognized for her broad experience in the areas of corporate governance, executive compensation, compliance and risk management, as well as for her ​business acumen, integrity and strategic insights. Paul has been a leader in the energy sector for 30 years. Has extensive legal, industry and public company experience, together with expertise in areas including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters, compliance and ethics, and crisis management.”

Lisa and Paul will join FirstEnergy directors Jesse Lynn and Melvin Williams on a newly established Special Litigation Committee. The Committee, comprised of recently elected, independent members of the Board, will have full and binding authority to determine the Board’s actions with respect to pending shareholder derivative litigation.

Lisa has been chairman of the board for MV Transportation Inc., the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting firm in the United States, since October 2014. She served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for MV from 2012 until 2018. From 2004 until 2012 she was senior vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary for Energy Future Holdings. Earlier in her career she worked as a litigator in private law ​practice and served in various roles at the U.S. Department of Justice. Lisa graduated from Stanford University and received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Paul has been managing director of SERC Consulting LLC, an energy policy and strategy firm, since 2020. Previously, he was executive vice president and general counsel at First Solar, Inc., from 2014 to 2020. Earlier in his career, he was executive vice president, general counsel, shared services and secretary, and chief compliance officer for NV Energy, Inc., from 2006 to 2013. He served as vice president and general counsel, among other senior executive positions, for Koch Industries, Inc., from 1998 to 2005; and was vice president and general counsel of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now part of National Grid) from 1992 to 1998. Paul graduated from Hamilton College and received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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