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Executive Vice President – Utilities for American Electric Power
Lisa M. Barton is executive vice president, Utilities overseeing the activities of all AEP utility operating companies. She is responsible for continuing the growth of AEP’s regulated utility operations as they focus on investing in advanced technologies to deliver more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to customers. At AEP, we're improving our customers' experience, strengthening communities and energizing our employees to create a brighter future together.
Barton previously served as executive vice president, AEP Transmission, from 2011 through 2018. During her tenure, she established AEP Transmission Holding Company and its affiliates, oversaw transmission operations, and grew and managed an $18 billion asset base for the largest owner, operator and developer of electric transmission in North America. She also oversaw AEP’s system wide corporate safety and health efforts. Barton served as a board member of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) and Transource Energy, a competitive transmission development joint venture with Great Plains Energy.
Barton is a member of the company’s senior executive team and is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She testified before the U.S. 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 degree 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 board member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), ReliabilityFirst, Commercial Metals Company and the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state bar associations. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark office.
Community service has been an integral part of Barton's career. She currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as a board member of the Wexner Center for the Arts. At AEP, she serves as an executive sponsor of the Pride Partnership Employee Resource Group.