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American Electric Power appoints Malcolm Smoak as SWEPCO CEO

Staff Writer | Columbus, Oh., USA | May 15, 2018
SWEPCOAmerican Electric Power has named Malcolm Smoak president and chief operating officer of its Southwestern Electric Power Co. utility company (SWEPCO).
Mr. Smoak previously was vice president, Distribution Region Operations for SWEPCO with responsibility for the electric distribution system, engineering, operations, construction and maintenance for SWEPCO customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, northeast Texas and the Texas panhandle.

Mr. Smoak joined SWEPCO in 1984 as a distribution engineer in Shreveport, La.

He has served in a variety of roles in metering, operations and engineering at SWEPCO.

He also co-led inspections and remediation of underground distribution networks for six AEP utility companies.

Mr. Smoak is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and past president of the Shreveport Chapter.

He also is a past member of the Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation and currently is serving as a member of the Louisiana Tech Electrical Engineering Advisory Board.

Since 2005, Mr. Smoak has been a principal member of the National Electrical Safety Code, Subcommittee 8, representing the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Mr. Smoak earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

He also completed executive management programs at Louisiana State University and The Ohio State University.