Dean's Advisory Council: Holly Koeppel
Holly Keller Koeppel is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for American Electric Power, one of the largest electrical utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.
Ms. Koeppel joined AEP in 2000 as a Vice President of New Ventures, Corporate Development where she was responsible for identifying, evaluating and disposing of non-strategic assets following AEP’s merger with Central South West Corporation. She then advanced to Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy.
Ms. Koeppel was named in 2002, Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations, responsible for wholesale market activities, fuel procurement, and non-utility operations, including merchant power plants, gas pipelines, and mining operations. Ms. Koeppel also led international operations in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, and the United Kingdom. During this period she directed the restructuring and ultimate divesture of non-core assets with total transaction proceeds in excess of $3 billion USD. As a result of Ms. Koeppel’s dynamic and focused leadership, 2003 was the second-highest year of profitability in the 10-year history of Commercial Operations
In 2004, Ms. Koeppel was named Executive Vice President, AEP Utilities-East, responsible for distribution and customer service operations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. She implemented an organizational redesign and realigned functional responsibility for energy delivery and customer service operations into local utility operations. As a result of working with the local operating companies to align their operations around the strategic goals and developing metrics to measure performance, the 3400 employees of AEP-East generated over $750 million in net operating income in 2005 while successfully serving 3.2 million customers.
Prior to AEP Ms. Koeppel served with Consolidated Natural Gas, Pittsburgh, for more than 15 years. Ms. Koeppel held a number of leadership positions across the system in the areas of regulatory policy and business development and the development of key structured transactions in the gas trading business. Her last position with CNG was Vice President of Asia-Pacific operations, based in Sydney Australia.
Ms. Koeppel is a graduate of The Ohio State University earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Ms. Koeppel is an active advocate of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and a member of the Opera Columbus Board. A Pittsburgh native, she resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her husband and two children.