American Electric Power has named Pablo A. Vegas president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio, effective May 1. Vegas currently is vice president and chief information officer for the company.
Vegas, 38, will have responsibility for all aspects of AEP’s electric service to customers in Ohio. He will report to Robert P. Powers, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Vegas will succeed Joseph Hamrock, who is leaving for a position with NiSource.
“Pablo’s experience leading utility operations in Texas, coupled with his diverse business background, will serve us well as we transition our business operations in Ohio from a vertically integrated electric utility to a hybrid regulatory model with the generation service eventually open to full competition,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer. “Pablo did an excellent job during his tenure as our Texas president, focusing on delivering strong regulatory outcomes and operational improvements in our distribution business.
“Joe has been an exceptional leader for AEP in a variety of positions over his 26 years with the company. He led AEP with considerable skill as president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio over the past four years. We will miss his leadership and wish him well in his new role at NiSource.”
Vegas has served as vice president and chief information officer since July 2010, responsible for development and support of AEP’s software applications and operation of the company’s information technology infrastructure. From 2008 to 2010, Vegas was president and chief operating officer of AEP Texas. Prior to this, Vegas served as director of strategy planning for AEP.
He joined the company in 2005 and held several leadership positions in information technology before his role in finance. Before joining AEP, Vegas held senior leadership positions with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Replacing Vegas on an interim basis as the chief information officer is Michael A. Rozsa, managing director of information technology business applications. Rozsa joined the company in 1997 and has held positions with increasing responsibility in the information technology department.