Vice President – Distribution Region Operations
Drew Seidel is responsible for the electric distribution system, engineering, operations, construction and maintenance for SWEPCO's more than 535,000 customers in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.
Before being named a vice president in 2018, Seidel served as the plant manager at the Welsh Power Plant in Pittsburgh, Texas. He also has served as plant manager of SWEPCO's H.W. Pirkey Power Plant in Hallsville, Texas; energy production superintendent at Welsh Plant; and plant manager at Knox Lee Power Plant in Longview, Texas. Seidel first joined West Texas Utilities Co. (WTU) in 1992 and later served as plant manager at Central Power and Light Co.'s (CPL) Victoria Power Station in Victoria, Texas. WTU and CPL were sister companies of SWEPCO in the Central and South West system before its merger with American Electric Power in 2000.
Seidel earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He completed the AEP Strategic Leadership Program at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.
Seidel and his children live in Longview, Texas.