Lisa M. Barton
Executive Vice President - AEP Transmission, President & Chief Operating Officer - AEP Transmission Holding Company (AEPTHCO)
Lisa M. Barton is responsible for the company’s Transmission operations owned by AEPTHCO and AEP’s seven operating companies. AEP’s Transmission network has approximately 40,000 miles of lines and is developing projects in 15 states. AEP’s transmission network is the largest in North America with assets in four Regional Transmission Organizations. Responsibilities include oversight of the company’s field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations, as well as its transmission joint ventures. She is also responsible for overseeing AEP’s corporate Safety & Health program. Barton is a board member of Transource Energy, a joint venture with Great Plains Energy, which is the competitive transmission development arm of both companies. She also serves on the board of directors of Electric Transmission Texas (ETT), a transmission utility jointly owned by subsidiaries of AEP and Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
Barton is an active participant in national forums on the subject of energy policy. She served as a contributing member of the MIT Energy Initiative, “Future of the Electric Grid,” and the Bipartisan Committee initiative on “Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology." Prior to joining the company in 2006, Barton worked for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., Ransmeier and Spellman in Concord, N.H., and Strategic Energy LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Barton earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. She completed the Harvard Mediation Program for the Instruction of Lawyers, the Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at MIT, and was a 2010 International Women's Foundation Fellow, a member of G100 next generation leadership and is a member of the Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and innovators.
Barton is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state bar associations and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She is a member of the boards of directors for the National Urban League, ReliabilityFirst (vice chairman), Wires Group, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (board chairman). At AEP, she is proud to serve as an executive sponsor of the Pride Partnership Employee Resource Group.
She resides in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, Christopher.