Executive Vice President – Utilities for American Electric Power
Paul Chodak is executive vice president – Utilities overseeing the activities of all AEP utility operating companies. He is responsible for continuing the growth of AEP’s regulated utility operations as they focus on investing in advanced technologies to deliver more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to customers.
Chodak previously served as president and chief operating officer for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), overseeing the company’s distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships. I&M is an operating company of AEP headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that serves customers in Indiana and Michigan.
Additionally, Chodak has served AEP as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an operating company that serves customers in Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas. He successfully led the acquisition of Valley Cooperative which doubled SWEPCO's footprint in Louisiana.
Chodak began his career with AEP in 2001 as a senior project manager. In 2002, he was named director of regional engineering for regulated generation, working with a team that provided engineering support for power plants. He was named managing director, corporate technology development in 2003, and led a team that evaluated existing pollution control technologies and recommended solutions to meet environmental compliance requirements.
In 2004, Chodak led efforts to implement AEP’s environmental compliance plan as director, environmental programs and was responsible for more than $2 billion of capital investments. He was part of the team responsible for the successful completion of the Mountaineer Plant flue gas desulfurization retrofit project.
In early 2007, Chodak was named director, new generation, responsible for the installation of several natural gas fueled power plants, both simple- and combined-cycle plants, as well as AEP’s integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) program. He was part of the team that successfully commissioned the first two units at AEP’s Harry D. Mattison Power Plant in northwest Arkansas, as well as the Stall Plant in Shreveport, La.
Prior to joining AEP, Chodak was a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducting research on technology and policy issues concerning nuclear power and proliferation risks. Chodak served more than seven years in the U. S. Navy as a submarine officer, earning numerous commendations and completing both submarine and chief engineer officer qualifications. Chodak is a member of the American Nuclear Society and The Sigma Xi Research Society.
Chodak graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2015. He earned a doctorate degree in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and completed MIT's Reactor Technology Course for Utilities Executives in 2011. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Chodak is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Energy Association. He is also a member of the board for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana and the Regional Opportunities Council. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Indiana Technical Institute and the Board of Directors for United Way of Allen County. At AEP, he is an executive sponsor of the Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG).