Charles R. Patton
Retired, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, American Electric Power
Charles Patton retired as Executive Vice President, External Affairs for American Electric Power (AEP) in July 2022. While in this role, Mr. Patton led AEP’s customer services, communications, regulatory and federal public policy, and corporate sustainability organizations.
Mr. Patton served in a number of executive positions with AEP. He held positions as President and CEO of two AEP subsidiaries: Appalachian Power, serving approximately one million customers in West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee; and AEP Texas, serving over one million in South and West Texas. Other roles at AEP included Executive Vice President, AEP Utilities West, and Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy.
During his tenure in Texas, Mr. Patton was appointed by Texas Gov. George Bush to serve on the Texas Energy Coordination Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Later, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patton to the Texas Energy Planning Council, which was established to advise the governor on energy matters.
While leading Appalachian Power, Mr. Patton was appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the governor’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. He was also appointed by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to chair the governor’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
In 2014, he was appointed to a three-year term as director of the Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA. In this position, he chaired the Federal Reserve’s Information Technology Committee, which coordinated IT services for the entire Federal Reserve System. He currently serves on the board of Sterling Construction, a large engineering and construction company located in Houston.
Throughout his career, Mr. Patton has served and chaired numerous professional and civic organizations in the communities where he has lived. Today, he serves on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers, United States Energy Association, and Columbus YMCA. At AEP, he is an executive sponsor of the African-American Employee Resource Group (AAERG).
Mr. Patton is a graduate of Bowdoin College, located in Brunswick, Maine, and holds a graduate degree from The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Policy.