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Southwestern Electric Power president Venita McCellon-Allen retires

Staff Writer |
Shreveport, La., USA - Southwestern Electric Power, a unit of American Electric Power, announced that its president and chief operating officer Venita McCellon-Allen has retired.

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Ms. McCellon-Allen spent 30 years with AEP, including 13 with various AEP subsidiaries and 17 years at CSW.

Ms. McCellon-Allen began her career in 1983 as a communications representative, then was promoted into the customer service organization.

She was named Central Division Manager (current Texarkana District) in 1994, at the age of 34.

Ms. McCellon-Allen was promoted to vice president at CSW in 1995. During her executive career at CSW, she led corporate human resources, customer service and strategy.

Ms. McCellon-Allen worked as part of the strategy team for the AEP and CSW merger and led CSW's role on the Merger Transition Management Team, which was charged with merging work processes, operations and organizations.

Immediately following the merger, she worked from 2000 to 2004 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Baylor Health Care System, a not-for-profit hospital system of more than 15,000 employees based in Dallas, Texas.

In 2004, she returned to AEP as senior vice president, Shared Services.

Ms. McCellon-Allen was named SWEPCO president and chief operating officer in 2006.

Ms. McCellon-Allen was promoted to executive vice president for AEP corporate in 2008 with oversight for AEP's utility subsidiaries.

During her tenure as executive vice president over AEP's utility companies from 2008 to 2010, each of AEP's seven operating companies reported to Ms. McCellon-Allen.

In 2010, Ms. McCellon-Allen returned as president of SWEPCO and has served in that role until her retirement.