AEP: leadership changes
Charles Patton has been named president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power. Mr. Patton has been executive vice president - AEP Utilities West since October 2009, responsible for the distribution and customer service operations of AEP's utility operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Previously, he was senior vice president - Regulatory and Public Policy. From 2004 to 2008, he was president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Patton was vice president of governmental affairs for AEP in Texas. He joined Central and South West Corp. (CSW) in 1995 as director of state government affairs. Prior to joining CSW, Mr. Patton spent nearly 11 years in the energy and telecommunications business.
Mr. Patton received a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas in Austin. He will succeed Dana Waldo, who is retiring from the company.
Venita McCellon-Allen has been named president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO). Ms. McCellon-Allen has been executive vice president - AEP Utilities East since October 2009, responsible for the distribution and customer service operations of AEP's utility operating companies in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
She previously served as executive vice president - AEP Utilities West. From 2006 to 2008, she was president and chief operating officer of SWEPCO. She was senior vice president - Shared Services from 2004 to 2006, responsible for human resources, information technology and telecommunications, procurement and supply chain services, corporate services and enterprise security.
Prior to that, she was senior vice president for human resources for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. A 17-year veteran of CSW, Ms. McCellon-Allen held leadership roles at CSW in operations, customer service, strategic planning and human resources.
Ms. McCellon-Allen earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. She will succeed Paul Chodak who will move to Indiana Michigan Power as president and chief operating officer, replacing Helen Murray, who is retiring from the company.
Pablo Vegas has been named AEP's vice president and chief information officer. Mr. Vegas has been president and chief operating officer of AEP Texas since 2008. Previously, he served as AEP's director of strategic planning within Corporate Planning and Budgeting. He joined AEP in 2005, holding leadership positions in Information Technology and Finance, leading both the Corporate IT Planning and Commercial Operations IT Planning organizations. Before joining AEP, Mr. Vegas held senior leadership positions with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting. ■