Senior Vice President – Grid Solutions
Antonio Smyth is senior vice president, Grid Solutions at American Electric Power. Smyth leads the origination and planning of the corporation’s multi-billion dollar regulated infrastructure programs across electric generation, transmission and distribution, and the commercial development of new grid resources, including regulated renewable energy projects, competitive transmission, energy storage, distributed generation and other emerging technologies. He is also responsible for regulatory and policy outcomes at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Regional Transmission Organization levels and leads AEP’s $4 billion transmission joint ventures businesses.
Smyth has extensive experience in executive leadership in the energy business. Throughout the past 20 years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at AEP. He has testified as an expert on electric industry matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state energy regulatory commissions. Prior to his current role, he was senior vice president of Transmission Ventures, Strategy and Policy, where he led asset strategy, finance, commercial development activities, and federal regulatory and policy for AEP’s $20 billion electric transmission infrastructure business. Smyth has also served in key leadership roles in the strategic initiatives organization, which is responsible for corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions, and in the corporate finance organization, which is responsible for debt and equity capital markets and rating agency activities.
Smyth serves as the vice chairman of the board of the Reliability First Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as a board member of Electric Transmission Texas, LLC, a $3.5 billion electric infrastructure joint venture between AEP and Berkshire Hathaway. Smyth serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI).
Smyth is a United States military veteran and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in applied economics from Ohio State University. He has completed the executive program at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University and director certification through the National Association of Corporate Directors. He and his wife, Emily, have two daughters and reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio.