Bennett L. Gaines is senior vice president, Corporate Services, and chief information officer (CIO) for FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. Gaines is responsible for the delivery of IT services, including the corporate IT strategy and governance process, as well as the communications/data network. He also is responsible for Corporate Security (both physical and cyber), Flight Operations and Supply Chain. He was appointed to his current position in July 2012.
Gaines joined FirstEnergy in 2006, as vice president, Information Technology/Corporate Security and chief information officer. Prior to his service to FirstEnergy, Gaines served as vice president and chief information officer at Cincinnati-based Cinergy Corporation where he was responsible for the delivery of all IT services and telecommunications/network operations.
Before joining Cinergy in 2003, Gaines was managing director, Business Services, at Powergen plc in the United Kingdom. He was responsible for the strategy and delivery of IT services and other shared services and handled all IT activities. Prior to this, he was corporate director, Supply Chain, for LG&E Energy Corp. in Louisville, Ky., a subsidiary of Powergen. From 1998- 2000, he was employed by EDS Corporation in Dallas, Texas.
Gaines earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix.