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Executive Vice President – Utilities

Peggy Simmons is executive vice president of Utilities and leads the activities of AEP’s seven utility companies and customer service support organization.

Most recently, she was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and had responsibility for all aspects of electric service for PSO’s more than 568,000 customers. These include distribution operations, safety, customer service, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions.

Previously, Simmons was managing director of Transmission Asset Strategy for American Electric Power (AEP) and was responsible for transmission strategy and policy, regulatory support, as well as outreach, siting and rights-of-way for transmission projects across the AEP 11-state footprint. Prior to her role in Transmission, Simmons was manager of regulatory commodity sourcing for AEP Ohio. She also served as manager of renewable energy in AEP's competitive business. Simmons joined AEP in 1999 as an energy trading scheduler in Commercial Operations.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and is a member of the G100 Next Generation Leadership program.

Community service has been a vital part of Simmons’ career. She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce and the State Chamber of Oklahoma, Tulsa County, the board of trustees for the Tulsa Community Foundation and the board of directors of BOK Financial Corporation.