March 27, 2023

SWEPCO president Malcolm Smoak to retire, Brett Mattison named successor

Shreveport, La.-based Southwestern Electrical Energy Co. (SWEPCO), a utility of American Electrical Energy (AEP), introduced Friday (Sept. 30) that Malcolm Smoak will retire on Jan. 1 after working for the corporate for 38 years.

Smoak is the president and chief working officer of SWEPCO and shall be changed by Brett Mattison, president and chief working officer of AEP utility firm Kentucky Energy. SWEPCO has greater than 543,000 clients in three states, together with Arkansas.

Smoak was named to his current function in Might 2018 after serving within the place in an interim capability. He beforehand was vice chairman, distribution area operations for SWEPCO. He joined the corporate in 1984 as a distribution engineer in Shreveport and served in a number of roles, together with metering, operations and engineering. He additionally co-led inspections and remediation of underground distribution networks for six AEP utility corporations.

“Malcolm has devoted his profession to serving SWEPCO clients, and we admire the vitality and energy that he has put into his work,” mentioned Peggy Simmons, AEP govt vice chairman, utilities. “His retirement is properly deserved, and we want him all the perfect when he begins that new chapter in January.”

Mattison, who will report back to Simmons, shall be accountable for all features of SWEPCO’s service, together with customer support, distribution operations, security, communications, exterior affairs and regulatory capabilities.

Mattison and his household had relocated to the Ashland, Ky., space for his current function however will transfer again to the Shreveport space for the brand new place. Earlier than shifting for his current function, he was director of customer support and advertising and marketing for SWEPCO in Shreveport. He was within the place from 2004 to 2019 and was accountable for all features of customer support and advertising and marketing. He began his profession with SWEPCO in 1990.

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“Brett shall be a well-known face for SWEPCO workers and our stakeholders,” Simmons mentioned. “He has cultivated relationships that can enable him to hit the bottom working. His customer-centered method has been an indicator of his management. SWEPCO clients can anticipate that he’ll keep on that very same dedication when he returns.”

Mattison earned a Bachelor of Science in enterprise finance from Louisiana Tech College and a business banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking.

Throughout Smoak’s tenure, SWEPCO, together with sister firm Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO), accomplished the development of 1,484-megawatt North Central Vitality Services. The three wind farms produce practically 6 million megawatt-hours yearly for SWEPCO clients in Arkansas and Louisiana and PSO clients.