FirstEnergy Corp. recently announced that David J. Karafa, formerly regional president, Ohio Edison, has been promoted to president, Pennsylvania Operations, where he will oversee Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), Pennsylvania Power (Penn Power) and West Pennsylvania Power.
Karafa succeeds Douglas S. Elliott, who has elected to retire after more than 35 years with the company. The change will be effective May 13, 2013.
Karafa joined the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company in 1981 in the Production Engineering department and held various positions before being promoted to Overhead Line supervisor in 1997. In 1999, he was named manager, Underground Services, and in 2002 promoted to director, Operations Services, at Jersey Central Power & Light. In 2005, he was named director, Energy Delivery Performance & Process Improvement for FirstEnergy, and in 2008 led a company-wide work management improvement program. Karafa was promoted to regional president at Met-Ed in 2011, and named regional president, Ohio Edison, the following year.
“Dave has been a vital member of our utility management team for years and has a proven track record of enhancing customer satisfaction and service reliability,” said Senior Vice President and President, FirstEnergy Utilities Charles E. Jones. “In Pennsylvania, I am confident Dave will continue our commitment to safe operations and continuous improvement.”
Elliott began his career in 1977 as an accountant for Penn Power and has held numerous positions with FirstEnergy companies in customer service, regional operations, and sales and marketing. He previously was manager for the Eastern Region of Ohio Edison, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Energy Services for FirstEnergy, senior vice president for Retail Operations for FirstEnergy Solutions, and senior vice president of the Customer Service and Service Area Development Group. He was named president, Pennsylvania Operations, in 2005.
“Doug has provided unwavering leadership and guidance for our Pennsylvania operations and has been committed to improving reliability for the two million customers we have in the state,” said Jones. “We will miss his wise counsel and varied electric industry knowledge that he has accumulated during his impressive FirstEnergy career.”
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company 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.