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LEVA NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GENERAL PUBLIC UTILITIES; NEW CEO BEGAN AS 'GROUND HAND' AT JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT

 LEVA NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GENERAL PUBLIC UTILITIES;
 NEW CEO BEGAN AS 'GROUND HAND' AT JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT
 PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- General Public Utilities Corporation (NYSE: GPU) today announced that its board of directors has elected James R. Leva president and chief executive officer and a director of this electric utility holding company.
 Leva, 59, has been president and chief operating officer of Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L), a GPU subsidiary, since 1986. He is also a director of JCP&L and two other GPU subsidiaries, GPU Service Corporation and GPU Nuclear Corporation.
 Leva succeeds William G. Kuhns, 69, who resumed the positions of chairman, president and CEO following the resignation of Standley H. Hoch in May 1991. Kuhns will remain chairman of the GPU board until May 1992, at which time Leva will assume the additional position of chairman.
 "For the past six months, the Board has carefully evaluated GPU's needs and has unanimously concluded that Jim Leva is the ideal choice to lead GPU at this critical juncture," said Kuhns.
 "Jim started with the company as a laborer nearly 40 years ago, and he has worked his way up through a broad range of responsibilities across the GPU System. He knows our business, he knows the GPU System, and he knows our people. I am confident he will keep GPU one of the premier utilities in the nation at a time of rapid change and new opportunities in our industry," Kuhns said.
 "Having worked in various positions throughout the GPU System, I have always been impressed with the talent and dedication of our employees," Leva said. "My challenge will be to provide leadership that encourages innovation and teamwork among all employees.
 "My goal is to achieve a standard of performance that enhances GPU's reputation as one of the best managed, most efficient, progressive, and profitable utilities in the nation. Attaining that standard of performance will enable us to keep providing excellent service and competitive rates for our customers, a fair return for our shareholders, and a challenging and rewarding work environment for our employees," Leva said.
 Leva said his successor at JCP&L will be named shortly.
 Leva joined JCP&L in 1952 after graduating from Boonton High School in 1950 and serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. His first job at JCP&L was as a "ground hand." Within two years, he progressed from apprentice to first class lineman.
 While working as a night troubleman, he put himself through Fairleigh Dickinson University, receiving his electrical engineering degree, magna cum laude, in 1960.
 In 1969, he was named vice president-personnel, safety and services, and vice president-consumer affairs in 1979.
 Leva completed postgraduate and special utility courses in labor relations and executive management at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. In 1980, he received a law degree from Seton Hall University and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar.
 In 1982, he was named president of Pennsylvania Electric Company, another GPU subsidiary, before becoming president of JCP&L in 1986.
 A resident of Chester Township, N.J., Leva has been active in local public affairs for many years. He served two terms as mayor of Morris Township and has also served on the Morris Township Board of Education and the Morris Township Committee. He is married to the former Marie Marinaro of Morristown. They have five children.
 Leva is a director of Utilities Mutual Insurance Co., the New Jersey Utilities Association, United Way of Morris County, and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee of St. Clares-Riverside Foundation, the Tri-County Scholarship Fund, the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation and Delbarton School. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
 With 1991 operating revenues of approximately $3.2 billion, GPU is one of the 20 largest investor-owned utilities in the nation. The company serves some 1.9 million customers in a service territory encompassing about half the land area of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
 Besides JCP&L in Morristown, N.J., and Pennsylvania Electric in Johnstown, Pa., GPU's other electric utility subsidiary is Metropolitan Edison Company in Reading, Pa. Other subsidiaries are GPU Service Corporation, Parsippany, which provides a variety of technical and financial services to the operating companies; GPU Nuclear Corporation, Parsippany, operator of the system's nuclear facilities; and General Portfolios Corporation, Wilmington, Del., parent of Parsippany-based Energy Initiatives, Inc., an investor in non-utility generation.
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