President and COO - Indiana Michigan Power

Toby Thomas is president and chief operating officer for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of American Electric Power (AEP) headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that serves over nearly 590,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan. As president, he oversees the company’s distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships.

Thomas most recently was vice president - Competitive Generation, responsible for the management of AEP's competitive generation fleet. Previously, he was vice president - AEP Ohio, Joint Venture, and Wind Generation, responsible for the management of the AEP Ohio generating fleet, joint venture, and wind generation.

From 2008 through 2012, he was managing director - Kentucky Power, Gas Turbine and Wind Generation, responsible for the safe generation and maintenance of various coal, combined cycle, and simple cycle units in the Midwest and wind generation units in Texas.

Before that, Thomas was manager - Asset Investment, involved in the acquisition and integration of gas-fired generating assets for AEP's generation portfolio as well as the asset management of AEP's competitive co-generation facilities.

He joined AEP in 2001 as a project engineer involved in the development and optimization of competitive power generation and industrial steam generation projects across the United States.

Prior to joining AEP, Thomas worked for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind., as a performance development engineer.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.