Dan Rogier, Chief Executive Officer, has extensive utility leadership experience gained over his 40-year career with American Electric Power during which he held a range of significant leadership roles in Transmission, Distribution, Generation, Customer Services and Information Technology.
Prior to this role, Dan was Vice President, Transmission Asset Strategy & Policy for American Electric Power. In this position he was responsible for the development of transmission policy positons at the federal level, in four RTOs and in 15 states, development of asset strategies, management of transmission financial performance and the execution of outreach, siting and right-of-way functions for all transmission projects. Dan also held senior transmission leadership roles responsible for competitive transmission project development in four RTOs and all field construction and maintenance personnel and activities in AEP’s seven eastern states. Dan was instrumental in leading AEP’s initial smart grid efforts including its first smart meter implementation and the integration of smart meters and smart grid technologies into AEP’s customer and distribution systems and processes.
Dan recently served as Chairman of the EEI Energy Delivery Executive Advisory Committee and the board of WIRES. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
Jeff Fleeman, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the development of the company's strategic equipment inventory, secure warehouses and delivery logistics.
Fleeman joined American Electric Power in 1981 and his last position was Managing Director of Transmission Business Development.
Fleeman's previous roles at AEP include Vice President — Technology of BOLD™ Transmission LLC, a newly formed AEP affiliate that develops and licenses high capacity high efficiency line design technology. Concurrently, he served as Director of Advanced Transmission Studies and Technologies, where he had system-wide responsibility for: AEP transmission technology strategy; HVDC/FACTs systems; system dynamic analysis; and asset performance and renewal programs including asset replacement planning, grid resiliency analysis, spare transformer strategy and the implementation of AEP's Asset Health Center. He also has held AEP system-wide leadership roles in Transmission Asset Engineering, Substation Engineering, and Major Transmission Equipment.
Fleeman has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University.
In 2017 he was recognized by Public Utilities Fortnightly as one of their first top 40 Innovators for his work on the Breakthrough Overhead Line Design (BOLD®) Transmission technology.
He recently chaired the Power System Electric Research Center Industry Advisory Board, served as Chair of Electric Power Research Institute's Transmission & Substation Advisory Council from 2011-2017 and was Chair of Edison Electric Institute's Transmission Committee from 2005-2007. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Chairs the IEEE/PES Region 2 Scholarship Plus Committee. Fleeman is a member of Council on Large Electric Systems and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.
Chad A. Heitmeyer, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, is responsible for state and federal regulatory policy and relations, business development and strategic planning.
Previously, Heitmeyer was Director of Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy for American Electric Power Transmission. In this role, he was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, partners and state and federal regulators, as well as, facilitating and organizing research and assessment of emerging transmission issues in the Regional Transmission Organizations. Before that, Heitmeyer served as manager in AEP's regulatory services department, focusing on AEP-initiated filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Heitmeyer has been in the electric utility industry since 2000, when he joined American Electric Power.
Heitmeyer earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Findlay and a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Dale Russell, Director of Asset Strategy, leads the modeling and analysis of asset impacts due to high-impact, low-frequency events, inventory development, and equipment acquisition. Russell has over 35 years of professional experience.
He also leads transmission and substation asset renewal planning and resiliency efforts at American Electric Power. In this role, he primarily focuses on significant infrastructure renewal programs, but also develops strategic initiatives such as physical and cyber security, telecommunications expansion, and asset monitoring deployment and spare substation equipment programs.
Russell represents AEP on Edison Electric Institute's Spare Transformer Equipment Program and Transformer Transportation Working Group.
Prior to 2012, Russell was engaged in the telecommunications industry where he worked for AT&T, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Alcatel where he was responsible for product development, services delivery, business strategy, and product management.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Industrial Engineering from Ohio University, a Master of Science in IE/Operations Research from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science Management degree from Purdue University.
Lynn E. McConnell, Director of Business Administrations, is responsible for the development and communication of financial forecasts, budgets, reports and controls.
Lynn’s career in Finance has spanned the energy, retail and financial services industries. In her 17 year tenure with AEP, Lynn has provided financial analysis support to Transmission, Corporate Sustainability, Strategy & Policy, Corporate Finance, Retail and Risk Oversight departments. Areas of expertise include financial forecasting, economic modeling and project management. In addition to her energy industry experience, Lynn was a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch and Financial Analyst in the Retail industry.
Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University with a double major in both Finance and Marketing. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University.