Nick Akins Elected EEI Chairman; Tom Fanning, Chris Crane, Pat Vincent-Collawn, and Greg Abel Elected Vice Chairmen
NEW ORLEANS, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nicholas K. “Nick” Akins, chairman, president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP), today was elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the national association of investor-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. The announcement was made during EEI’s annual meeting in New Orleans. The Institute’s chairmanship rotates on an annual basis.
Also elected today were four vice chairmen: Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Southern Company; Christopher M. “Chris” Crane, president and CEO of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation; Patricia “Pat” Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based PNM Resources; and Gregory E. “Greg” Abel, chairman, president and CEO of Des Moines, Iowa-based Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
“I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to outgoing EEI Chairman Ted Craver for his leadership, vision and contributions during this transformational time for our industry,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Today we are excited to welcome Nick Akins as EEI chairman. Nick has been an invaluable member of our leadership team, and his wealth of experience and strong leadership will be of tremendous benefit to the industry during this exciting time of change.”
Kuhn also praised the vice chairs who will be supporting Akins as part of EEI’s leadership team, calling Fanning, Crane, Vincent-Collawn, and Abel an “exceptional team of executives and industry leaders with a strong passion and commitment to the electric power industry.”