AEP Texas names Leigh Anne Strahler vice president of Regulatory and Finance

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 21, 2019 -- AEP Texas has announced the appointment of Leigh Anne Strahler as vice president of Regulatory and Finance.  Strahler will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Ron Ford.   In her new role she will have ultimate responsibility for direction of regulatory and financial activities of  AEP Texas, which delivers electric service to over one million meters in south and west Texas.

“Leigh Anne brings a solid background of experience over a broad range of areas,” said Judith Talavera, AEP Texas president and chief operating officer.  “She has a keen understanding about the operational and financial opportunities we face as an electric utility.  Just as importantly, she is committed to safety and reliability.”   

Strahler was previously director of Business Operations Support for Appalachian Power, a sister AEP operating company.  In that role she was responsible for review, reporting and analysis of operating company financial results, and coordination of short- and long-term financial plans, including helping prioritize operation and maintenance and capital expenditures consistent with AEP strategy. In addition, she was responsible for sustaining a “lean” culture of continuous improvement in the operating company.

She joined AEP in 2006 as a senior cost control analyst in Generation Engineering Projects & Field Services at AEP Corporate Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and later was promoted to manager of Business Planning & Support Services. In 2012, she was promoted to project manager/change agent for AEP’s Operations and Performance Transformation group, which was responsible for rolling out the “lean” process improvement program across AEP.  She moved to Appalachian Power in 2015 to become director of Business Operations Support.  Prior to joining the AEP, she held various positions at Limited Brands and IBM Global Services.

She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethany College in West Virginia and an MBA from The Ohio State University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and past president of the Junior League of Columbus. She is a board member of the Columbus Diaper Bank and Rea of Hope, Inc.

Talavera also praised Ford for his service to AEP Texas and the entire AEP system.  “Ron’s knowledge and guidance has provided stability as AEP Texas and the entire electric utility industry has experienced significant changes over the years,” she said.  “We can’t thank him enough for his insight and commitment while at AEP Texas, as well as his service in the other important roles he has played throughout the system over the years.”      

Ford joined Public Service Company of Oklahoma in 1987 as a competitive analyst.  He later transferred to Central and South West Services (CSWS) in Dallas where he held various positions prior to and following the CSW merger with AEP.  He was named AEP Texas vice president of Regulatory and Finance in 2008. 

Larry Jones
AEP Texas Corporate Communications
(512) 391-2970 (Office)
(512) 203-4916 (Mobile)

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