President and COO Appalachian Power
Chris Beam is president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power, serving approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. As president, he oversees the company’s distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships.
Beam most recently served as vice president - Projects, Controls & Construction, responsible for all aspects of project management, project controls, commissioning and construction activities within AEP’s Generation organization.
Previously, he was managing director - Projects & Construction, from November 2010 to January 2013. In this role he was responsible for project management of the Western fleet, all new generating projects, and the commissioning and construction activities within the Generation organization.
Beam joined AEP at the Kammer Plant in 1990, and in 1996 began working in the Regional Service Organization. In 2001, he joined Southwestern Electric Power Company and supported the development of a Western Regional Service Organization. In 2003, he began serving in the Asset and Outage Management group. In 2004, he was named project manager for the Mountaineer Plant scrubber retrofit project. Beam was named manager - Construction Technology in 2007, and was named director - Construction in 2008. He became project director - Retrofit Projects in 2009.
Beam received a bachelor's degree in Technical Management from DeVry University. He has completed the AEP Management Development Program at The Ohio State University, the AEP Leadership Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is a member of the Leadership Columbus class of 2014. He is a Certified Project Management Professional. Beam is on the board of directors of The Education Alliance, the Clay Center and the W.Va. Chamber of Commerce.
Beam and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons and live in Scott Depot, W.Va.