American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) has named Phillip Ulrich senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 2.
Ulrich will have responsibility for aligning human resources functions, processes, and company culture in support of AEP’s overall business strategy. In this role, he will have oversight of employee relations, leadership and organizational development, diversity, equity and inclusion, benefits and compensation, operations, wellness, and productivity for AEP’s 16,800 employees. He will report to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer.
“Phil brings decades of experience guiding human resources operations for large companies and implementing effective diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies,” said Akins. “As we transition to the energy company of the future, AEP is focused on attracting, developing, and retaining top talent while building an inclusive and engaging work culture that encourages innovation and collaboration. Phil’s skills and leadership will be instrumental as AEP continues our workforce transformation, and we welcome him to the team.”
Ulrich has more than 26 years of experience in human resources and most recently served as chief human resources officer at Flex, LTD, a global manufacturing company with more than 170,000 employees in 30 countries. Prior to his role with Flex, he worked for Eaton, a power management company, and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility including senior vice president, Human Resources, Electrical Sector. Prior to Eaton, Ulrich held leadership roles with Cooper Industries, which was acquired by Eaton in 2012, and Honeywell International Inc.
Ulrich received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Presbyterian College and a master’s degree in industrial/organization psychology from Clemson University.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,800 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 223,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 30,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,600 megawatts of renewable energy.
The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net-zero by 2050. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas, and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.