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President and COO, AEP Ohio

Raja Sundararajan is president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio and is responsible for all aspects of electric service for AEP Ohio's 1.5 million customers.

He leads more than 1,500 employees with a focus on providing electric service, building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to customers.

Sundararajan has held several leadership positions since joining AEP in 2002. He served as vice president – Regulatory Services, leading AEP's regulatory activities before 11 state regulatory commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was also vice president – Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy; managing director – Transmission Business Strategy; managing director of Market Risk; and has held management positions in Treasury and Corporate Finance at AEP.

Sundararajan maintains several professional affiliations and currently serves as a board member of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Smart Columbus. Actively investing in the community and energizing employees to create a brighter future together is at the core of his leadership philosophy.

Sundararajan has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He also has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan and he completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia.