Columbus, Ohio, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) today announced that Raja Sundararajancurrently Senior Vice President – Regulatory and Client Solutions, will become Corporate Executive Vice President – External Affairs when Charles Patton to retire July, 1st. He will report to Nicholas K. AkinsCEO of AEP.

“Charles’ leadership and contributions have been a critical part of AEP’s success during his 27 years with the company. He has led two different AEP operating companies and held several other key management positions. , approaching each challenge with reflection and a collaborative leadership style,” Akins said. “Charles has ably guided his teams as they have delivered new services to clients, achieved positive results with regulators and policymakers, and enhanced the support we provide to our clients and communities. We wish him all the best during his well-deserved retirement.

Sundararajan, 47, will lead AEP’s communications and marketing, customers, regulatory, federal public policy and Ohio government business groups. Sundararajan’s direct reports will include Melissa McHenrySenior Vice President – ​​Communications and Marketing; Philippe DionVice President and Acting Chief Client Officer; Anthony KavanaghSenior Vice President – ​​Government Affairs; Maria Haberman, General Manager – Ohio Government Affairs; and Matthew SatterwhiteVice President – ​​Regulatory Services.

“Raja brings a wealth of experience to the management team,” Akins said. “He has demonstrated a deep understanding of our industry’s unique regulatory and political challenges during his nearly two decades at AEP, serving in key leadership positions in business operations, corporate finance, regulatory and transmission. He also served as President of AEP Ohio, and his range of experience and technical expertise will provide valuable insights as AEP continues its transition to a clean energy future.”

Sundararajan joined AEP in 2002. His most recent role was President and Chief Operating Officer for AEP Ohio. He also served as Vice President of Regulatory Services, directing AEP’s regulatory activities before 11 state commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also served as Vice President, Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy; Managing Director, Transmission Business Strategy; Chief Market Risk Officer; and held senior positions in treasury and corporate finance within the company.

Sundararajan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the indian institute of technology, Madras, India. He also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University University of Marylanda Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan and he completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia. Sundararajan is a board member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and United Way of Central Ohio.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, powers a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electric transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable, affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers. in 11 states. AEP is also one of the largest electricity producers in the country with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diversified generation capacity, including more than 7,100 megawatts of renewable energy. Company plans include growing its renewable energy generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions against 2000 levels by 2030 and is committed to achieving net zero by 2050. AEP is recognized for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahomaand Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisianais Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative and competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit

SOURCE American Electric Power

Shirlene J. Manley