PALO ALTO, Calif. (April 17, 2012) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced effective today that Nicholas K. Akins, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of AEP, will chair the Board of Directors and Kimberly S. Greene, executive vice president and chief generation officer, at TVA will be the vice chair.

Akins was elected president of AEP in December 2010.  Previously, he had served as executive vice president – Generation from 2006-2010, responsible for AEP’s approximately 38,000 MW of generation resources and as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company, an AEP operating-company subsidiary. 

Prior to her current position, Greene was group president for strategy and external relations, leading several organizations responsible for TVA’s strategic planning and external outreach. She has served as chief financial officer, executive vice president of financial services and chief risk officer.

The Board also announced that outgoing Board Chair Theodore F. Craver Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Edison International, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee. Additionally, the following individuals have been elected to the Board: Anthony F. Earley Jr., chairman, CEO, and president of PG&E Corporation; Benjamin G.S. Fowke III, chairman, CEO and president of Xcel; Craig S. Ivey, president of Con Ed; James H. Lash, president of FirstEnergy generation and chief nuclear officer; Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation (Canada); and Brian Dames, CEO of Eskom (South Africa). William K. Drummond, deputy administrator of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), has been selected to fill a permanent BPA seat.

"The guidance that Nick and Kim will provide, along with their keen belief that technology provides the best solution to meet the challenges faced by the industry, make them will suited to lead our Board,” said Michael W. Howard, EPRI president and CEO. “We are also privileged to have new members, all of whom have broad and deep industry experience join us as well.”
 
About EPRI
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.