Lisa M. Barton
Executive Vice President - AEP Transmission, President & Chief Operating Officer - AEP Transmission Holding Company (AEPTHCO)
Lisa M. Barton oversees operations of AEP Transmission Holding Company and its subsidiary companies. As executive Vice President, she is responsible for the company’s Transmission organization which manages an asset base of $18 billion and oversees 60 percent of the corporation's annual capex. Her organization is the largest owner operator and developer of electric transmission in North America. Responsibilities include P&L responsibility for AEPTHCO and oversight of the company’s field services, engineering, construction, planning, system operations and financial services for the company’s transmission and distribution station assets. She is also responsible for overseeing AEP’s corporate Safety & Health program. Barton is a member of the company’s senior executive team, serves as a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, the competitive transmission development arm of both companies. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT). Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She testified before the US Senate, state commissions and served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative “Future of the Electric Grid” and the bipartisan committee initiative on “Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology." Prior to joining the company in 2006, she worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Barton earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT. A former International Women's Foundation Fellow and member of G100 Next Generation Leadership, Barton is a current member of C200.
Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state bar associations and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. She also serves as a member of the boards of directors for ReliabilityFirst (chairman), the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (board chairman), and the Wexner Center for the Arts. At AEP, she serves as an executive sponsor of the Pride Partnership Employee Resource Group.