President and COO Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Peggy Simmons is president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).

She is responsible for all aspects of providing electric service for PSO's more than 550,000 customers. These include customer service, operation of the distribution system, safety, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions.

Previously, Simmons was managing director of transmission asset strategy for American Electric Power (AEP), responsible for transmission strategy and policy, regulatory support, as well as outreach, siting and rights-of-way for transmission projects.

Prior to that role, Simmons served as manager of regulatory commodity sourcing for AEP Ohio. She also served as manager of renewable energy in AEP's competitive business.

Simmons, a native of Malvern, Ohio, joined AEP in 1999 as an energy trading scheduler in AEP's commercial operations. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from The Ohio State University, and a master's degree in public policy and administration from Central Michigan University.

Simmons is a graduate of The Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and is a member of the G100 Next Generation Leadership program.