American Electric Power has named Peggy Simmons president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (). Simmons replaces Stuart Solomon, who is joining ’s generation organization as senior vice president, generation services.
Simmons will be responsible for all aspects of ’s service, including customer service, distribution operations, safety, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions.
Solomon will transition to his new role after 14 years leading . During his tenure he was active in numerous nonprofit organizations including the Tulsa Regional Chamber, State Chamber, Tulsa Area United Way, The Nature Conservancy, Gilcrease Museum, Southwest Power Pool and Oklahoma Academy, among many others.
In his new role, Solomon will lead the development of generation strategies for ’s operating companies and support asset optimization for the company’s power plants, among other responsibilities.
Simmons, 41, is currently managing director of transmission asset strategy for , responsible for transmission strategy and policy, regulatory support, as well as outreach, siting and rights-of-way for transmission projects. Prior to this role, Simmons was manager of regulatory commodity sourcing for Ohio. She also served as manager of renewable energy in ’s competitive business. Simmons joined in 1999 as an energy trading scheduler in commercial operations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from The 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.
Solomon, 56, was named president and chief operating officer of in 2004 and was vice president of public policy and regulatory services for from 2000 to 2004. He served as ’s state president in West Virginia from 1999 to 2000. Solomon joined in 1999 from Central and South West Corp., which merged with in 2000. He joined in 1986 at its Central Power and Light subsidiary in Corpus Christi, Texas. After earning a law degree, he rejoined in 1992 and held several management and administrative positions. Solomon earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas in Austin and a law degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.