Nick Akins is Chairman, President, and CEO of American Electric Power (AEP). Under his leadership, AEP is investing in modernization and security of the electric grid, resource diversification, and technology and innovation to enable the transition to a clean energy future while preserving universal access to the grid. Through strategic partnerships and collaboration with customers, Mr. Akins has positioned AEP to redefine the future of energy and embrace the transformation sweeping the industry. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of both the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as the former Chair of the US Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee, of which he remains a member. Mr. Akins is currently Chair of the Ohio Business Roundtable and Vice-Chair of The Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) and Nuclear Energy Insurance Limited (NEIL). He is a member of several other boards such as the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, Fifth Third Bancorp, OhioHealth, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nuclear Energy Institute, and the National Petroleum Council. Mr. Akins holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University.