FirstEnergy executives ring New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell

December 4, 2018

FirstEnergy executives ring New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell

AKRON, Ohio — Fourteen FirstEnergy Corp. executives visited the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday to ring its closing bell at 4 p.m.

Representatives from FirstEnergy’s leadership team and board of directors participated in the event to honor the company’s transition to a fully regulated utility. 

James Pearson, executive vice president of finance at FirstEnergy, said the participants celebrated the company’s progress toward the transformation.

Pearson was granted the honor of ringing the closing bell.

“Over the last few years, we have worked to transform FirstEnergy into a premier, customer-focused, fully regulated utility,” Pearson said in a news release. “We are honored to have this opportunity to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and we look forward to a bright future for our investors, customers and employees.”

FirstEnergy announced its status as a fully regulated utility in March 2018 after working to exit the competitive generation business.

FirstEnergy executives who traveled to the New York Stock Exchange for the celebration include:

Paul Addison, member, board of directorsSam Belcher, senior vice president & president, FE UtilitiesGary Benz, senior vice president, StrategyMeghan Beringer, director, Emerging Technologies StrategyGina Caskey, senior advisor, Investor RelationsJake Mackin, consultant, Investor RelationsJim Pearson, executive vice president, FinanceIrene Prezelj, vice president, Investor RelationsGretchan Sekulich, vice president, Communications & BrandingSteve Strah, senior vice president and chief financial officerSteve Staub, vice president and treasurerJon Taylor, president, Ohio OperationsChris Walker, vice president, HREbony Yeboah, deputy general counsel, corporate secretary & chief ethics officer

The bell signals the opening or closing of the day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange.

Trading-floor bells play a key role in marketplace functioning, as they indicate when trades start and stop.

FirstEnergy’s banner was hung on the outside of the New York Stock Exchange, located at 11 Wall St., for the occasion.

A video of participating FirstEnergy executives ringing the bell is available to watch on demand at nyse.com/bell.

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