Jersey Central Power & Light announced that Mark A. Jones, has been named Vice President of Operations and John Anderson has been named Vice President of External Affairs.
In his new position, Jones is responsible for the operation and maintenance of JCP&L’s transmission and distribution systems that cover more than 3,200-square-miles of northern and central New Jersey, including line and substation operations, dispatching, engineering, meter reading, forestry and support service. Previously, Jones had been JCP&L vice president of External Affairs since 2012. He succeeds Tony Hurley as vice president of Operations.
Anderson replaces Jones as vice president of External Affairs and will lead a team of 10 area managers and 21 customer support personnel. JCP&L’s External Affairs group serves as liaisons with municipal governments, key commercial and industrial customers, and civic organizations, as well as providing support for community involvement activities.
“Mark and John are proven leaders in the company and industry and will continue to build on the results we have achieved to deliver customers the safe and reliable service they expect and deserve,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L.
Jones has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Prior to joining FirstEnergy, he was employed by SD Myers. He began his career at FirstEnergy in 1999 as an industrial account manager with The Illuminating Company utility and had served in leadership positions in sales, customer support and external affairs prior to being named vice president of External Affairs at JCP&L in 2012.
He serves on numerous state and local infrastructure, economic development and emergency preparedness boards including: Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey; New Jersey League of Municipalities Education Foundation; New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association; and Choose New Jersey.
Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio.
Anderson started his career with JCP&L in 1993 as a forestry supervisor and has held a variety of managerial positions in Forestry, Operations and External Affairs. Since 2007, he has served as an area manager, most recently for parts of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, and was the outreach lead for JCP&L’s “Energizing the Future” transmission enhancement program.
He serves on the boards of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset County Business Partnership and Hunterdon County Shade Tree Commission. He also is co-chairman of the Somerset County Employer Legislative Committee.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and is a native of Bridgewater Township, N.J.