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AEP announces leadership change

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American Electric Power, parent company of Appalachian Power, a major electricity provider in West Virginia, says it is organizational and executive leadership changes in a "corporate-wide repositioning effort."

The company is adding Lana L. Hillebrand as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. Currently with Aon Hewitt as South Region Leader and senior partner in Dallas, Hillebrand will report directly to Nicholas Akins, AEP president and CEO.

Akins said the leadership changes are "designed to position the company for success in a rapidly changing business environment." She formerly held a variety of positions at Central and South West Corporation, which was merged with AEP in 2000.

"I am thrilled that Lana is going to rejoin the company, bringing her wealth of experience to the challenging role of chief administrative officer for AEP," Akins sai.

Reporting to Hillebrand will be Tracy A. Elich, vice president-Human Resources; Alberto G. Ruocco, vice president and chief information officer; and Thomas P. Householder, managing director-Labor Relations.

Other changes include that Dennis E. Welch, currently executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will become executive vice president and chief external officer.

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-Shared Services, will become senior vice president-repositioning and 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.

"Barbara has been asked to use her expertise to focus on the critical task of ensuring that the actions we are taking to reposition the company are implemented successfully and are sustainable," Akins said. 

Craig T. Rhoades, currently vice president-Customer Services, Marketing & Distribution Services, will become vice president-Supply Chain, Procurement & Fleet, reporting to Brian X. Tierney, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

"Craig has been an exceptional leader in his current role with the company," Akins said. "We are now looking for him to apply his expertise and keen insights in the management of our Supply Chain, Procurement & Fleet organization. Doing so will expand his experience, and I am confident will lead to very positive results for the company."

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