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American Electric Power (AEP) has announced organizational and executive leadership changes as part of a corporate-wide repositioning effort, according to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and CEO.

"These leadership changes and the process improvements that result from the ongoing repositioning effort are designed to position the company for success in a rapidly changing business environment," says Akins.

Lana L. Hillebrand will join AEP as senior vice president and chief administrative officer, reporting to Akins. Hillebrand is currently with Aon Hewitt, where she has worked since 2001, most recently as the south region leader - senior partner in Dallas. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Hillebrand spent 18 years in a variety of positions with Central & South West Corp., an electric utility holding company that merged with AEP in 2000. Reporting to Hillebrand will be Tracy A. Elich, vice president of human resources; Alberto G. Ruocco, vice president and chief information officer; and Thomas P. Householder, managing director of labor relations.

Dennis E. Welch, currently AEP’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will become executive vice president and chief external officer. In this role, Welch will be responsible for governmental affairs, environmental affairs and services, corporate communications, safety and health, corporate sustainability, strategic policy analysis, corporate security and aviation, and real estate and workplace services.

Barbara D. Radous, currently senior vice president of shared services, will become senior vice president of the Repositioning & Program Management Office, reporting to David M. Feinberg, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Sandra K. Williams, vice president and chief compliance officer, also will become a new report to Feinberg.

Craig T. Rhoades, currently vice president of customer services, marketing and distribution services, will become vice president of supply chain, procurement and fleet, reporting to Brian X. Tierney, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

With the exception of Hillebrand, who will join AEP Dec. 17, all other changes are effective Jan. 1, 2013.




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