Columbus, Ohio, December 13, 2011 — American Electric Power is making several organizational and leadership changes, effective January 1, 2012, to focus its transmission business unit on implementing transmission projects in the company's 11-state footprint, increasing investments to improve transmission infrastructure and continuing to develop joint venture projects outside the company's service territory.
In support of AEP's movement toward the operating company model, Michael Heyeck, 57, senior vice president of transmission, will be responsible for ensuring that the transmission needs of AEP's operating companies and wholesale customers are integrated into transmission business planning.
Heyeck also will serve as president of Electric Transmission America, a joint venture of AEP and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. He will continue to oversee Electric Transmission Texas and have responsibility for region operations and compliance for AEP's 11-state transmission system.
Heyeck will continue to report to Lisa Barton , executive vice president – AEP Transmission, with a new indirect reporting relationship to Robert P. Powers, AEP's executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Scott N. Smith, 47, has been named senior vice president of transmission strategy and business operations, responsible for transmission planning, real-time operations, technology, financial reporting, business development and strategic initiatives, process improvement and performance management. Smith previously was vice president and assistant to the president of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. He will report to Barton.
Also reporting to Barton will be Scott P. Moore, vice president of transmission engineering and project services. Moore, 51, is responsible for leading transmission project management, construction management and engineering.
Barton also announced the promotion of Robert W. Bradish, 48, to vice president of grid development, reporting to Smith. In his new role, Bradish will be responsible for transmission planning, real-time operations and technology development. Bradish previously was managing director of transmission planning and business development.
Prior to being named senior vice president of transmission in 2006, Heyeck held several leadership and engineering positions in AEP Transmission, including asset management, planning and operations. He also held a leadership position in corporate planning and budgeting. Heyeck joined AEP in 1976.
Smith has served as vice president and assistant to the president of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. since 2010. Previously, he was vice president – generation business services for AEP since 2005. He joined AEP in 2001 as chief risk officer.
Moore has been vice president of transmission engineering and project services since 2010 and previously served as vice president of transmission system and region operations since 2007. From 2000 to 2007, he was vice president of transmission operations. Prior to that, he served as director of system operations for Central and South West Corp. before its merger with AEP in June 2000.
Bradish became AEP's managing director of transmission planning and business development in 2010. Previously, he was vice president of market operations. Bradish joined AEP in 1987 as an engineer in transmission planning and has held a number of management positions related to energy trading, transmission and fundamental analysis, price forecasting and RTO market operations.