American Electric Power has named Stanley E. Partlow vice president and chief security officer effective Sept. 1. Partlow has served as managing director - Security & Aviation since 2010. In addition to Partlow's current responsibilities for physical security and AEP aviation, he will oversee the company's cybersecurity efforts. Partlow will report to Robert P. Powers, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"Stan's extensive law enforcement experience and his relationships with security experts and law enforcement agencies across the country are an asset to AEP," Powers said. "By combining our physical and cybersecurity efforts under Stan's leadership, we can leverage the expertise of both teams to make our security operations even more robust in the face of increasingly more sophisticated and persistent threats."

Partlow joined AEP in 2005 as director - Security & Aviation after a distinguished 25-year career in law enforcement. Earlier in his career, Partlow held several supervisory positions with the City of Columbus Division of Police and was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Partlow serves on the boards of Franklin University and the Center for Family Safety and Healing. He holds a juris doctorate degree from Capital University Law School, a master of science degree in administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University. In addition, Partlow is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Policy Executive Leadership College.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.