AEP Hires Kramer for newly created Digital Role

American Electric Power (AEP) has named Derek Kramer vice president and chief digital officer, a newly created role with responsibility for leading AEP’s digital strategy and overseeing the development of digital solutions to improve business processes and service to customers.

Kramer will report to Lana Hillebrand, executive vice president and chief administrative officer. His appointment is effective today.

“Derek brings significant expertise in helping companies develop innovative digital solutions that transform their business and allow them to better meet the needs and expectations of customers,” Hillebrand said. “His experience in business technology, data analytics and project management will help drive the development of new digital strategies and projects to improve operations and enhance service to our customers.”

Kramer, 42, has been chief information officer for Service King Collision Repair Center in Dallas since 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he was a business technology leader for Pacific Gas and Electric.

Previously, he held a variety of technology and leadership positions at Tyco Integrated Security, Motorola and IBM. Kramer has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He also attended the United States Air Force Academy for Engineering.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP has more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines delivering power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states.

AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.