Announcement of new President and Chief Operating Officer at Public Service Company of Oklahoma

From staff reports

Public Service Company of Oklahoma has new management.

Ohio-based parent company American Electric Power has named Leigh Anne Strahler president and chief operating officer of Tulsa-based PSO effective immediately.

Strahler succeeds Peggy Simmons, who has been named executive vice president of public services for AEP. Simmons was COO of PSO for over four years.

“It has been an honor to work with my talented PSO colleagues, community leaders, and all other stakeholders in our service territory to power communities across Oklahoma, and I am proud of the great things we have accomplished” , Simmons said in a statement. . “Leigh Anne brings diverse operational experience and expertise in the industry’s unique regulatory climate to PSO.

“Her leadership will help us ensure that we can continue to provide the excellent service that customers have come to expect. Leigh Anne’s knowledge and creativity will enhance PSO’s efforts to deliver innovative energy solutions that create value for consumers. clients.”

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Strahler most recently served as vice president of regulatory and finance for PSO’s sister company, AEP Texas, based in Corpus Christi.

In her new role in Tulsa, she will oversee all aspects of PSO’s service, including customer service, distribution operations, security, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions. She will report to Simmons, who will lead the operations of all AEP utility operating companies and customer support.

PSO serves at least 568,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, spanning 232 communities.

“PSO achieved the highest customer satisfaction scores in company history in 2021 for residential and commercial customers while bringing more clean energy to customers through North Central wind projects,” said Strahler in a statement. “I look forward to working with the PSO team to build on this positive momentum and continue our tradition of engaging with our communities and delivering clean, reliable energy and superior customer service.”

Strahler also previously served as director of business operations support for Appalachian Power, another PSO sister company. Strahler, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethany College in West Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University, joined AEP in 2006 as a senior cost control analyst in the Generation organization of AEP.

Veronica J. Snell