CHARLESTON, W.Va., Dec. 6, 2016 – Chris Beam has been named president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power, announced AEP Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer Nick Akins. Beam, 47, is currently vice president of Projects, Controls & Construction for AEP. Charles Patton, 57, current Appalachian president and COO, has been promoted to executive vice president of External Affairs for AEP.
“Chris is one of our talented leaders who has been identified as a future senior executive candidate in our corporate succession plans,” said Bob Powers, executive vice president & chief operating officer. “His proven leadership skills and extensive experience in a variety of roles in our Generation Business Unit made him an excellent choice to lead Appalachian Power.”
In addition, Appalachian Power Mountaineer Plant Manager Debra Osborne, 52, has been named Generating Assets Vice President. Current Generating Assets Vice President Jeff LaFleur, 57, has been promoted to senior vice president of Commercial Operations for AEP, replacing Tim Light, who has been named senior vice president Business Development.
Beam joined AEP at the Kammer Plant in 1990 and has served in a variety of leadership roles in Generation. In his current position he is responsible for all aspects of project management, project controls, commissioning and construction activities within the Generation organization. Beam has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and has completed the AEP Management Development Program at The Ohio State University, and the AEP Leadership Program at Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Project Management Professional. Beam is on the board of directors of Huckleberry House in Columbus, non-profit crisis intervention center for youth and families dealing with abuse, poverty, neglect and homelessness.
Debra Osborne joined the company in 1987 at the Gavin Plant. In addition to serving as Mountaineer Plant manager, she has also served as plant manager for Clinch River, Sporn, and Kanawha River plants. She also was manager of the Simulator Learning Center in St. Albans, W.Va. Osborne has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and has completed the AEP Management Development Program at The Ohio State University, and the AEP Leadership Program at Virginia Tech. She has a certificate in Utility Management from Williamette University.
Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.