TULSA American Electric Power has named Leigh Anne Strahler president and chief operating officer of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma.
Strahler succeeds Peggy Simmons, who has been appointed AEP’s executive vice president of utilities.
Strahler will be responsible for all aspects of PSO’s service, including customer service, distribution operations, safety, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions. She will report to Simmons, who in her new role leads the activities of all AEP utility operating companies and customer support.
Strahler joined AEP in 2006 as a senior cost control analyst. She has held leadership positions in AEP’s Operations and Performance Transformation group with responsibility for implementing process improvements across the company.
Simmons was president and COO of PSO for more than four years. She additionally has served on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Advisory Council.
PSO, a unit of AEP, is an electric utility company serving more than 568,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma.
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