AEP names Akins as CEO

American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Board of Directors has elected Nicholas K. Akins chief executive officer, effective Nov. 12. Akins, who will also retain the position of president, will replace Michael G. Morris when Morris retires as CEO Nov. 11.

Morris will continue as executive chairman of AEP’s Board of Directors through Dec. 31, then serve as non-executive chairman of the board.

Akins previously served as executive vice president – generation for AEP. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer for Southwester Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of AEP.

Akins received his bachelor’s and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He has completed executive management programs at Louisiana State University, the University of Idaho and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Akins currently serves as vice chairman of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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