ASHLAND, Ky. — Brad N. Hall, who has led Kentucky Power’s bold economic development efforts since 2012, was named Friday as vice president of external affairs for sister operating company Appalachian Power.
In his new role, Hall will have responsibility for customer services, corporate communications, government affairs, economic development, community affairs and environmental issues covering Appalachian Power’s territories in Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Hall will report to Appalachian Power President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Beam.
Hall is currently external affairs manager at Kentucky Power, responsible for economic and business development, governmental affairs and environmental issues in eastern Kentucky. He replaces Mark E. Dempsey, a former Kentucky Power governmental affairs manager who is retiring after 42 years with American Electric Power (AEP). Both companies are units of AEP.
“Brad leaves eastern Kentucky poised to expand the central Appalachian economic development success in neighboring states,” said Kentucky Power President and COO Matt Satterwhite. “Brad has played an important role as Kentucky Power led efforts to bring major industry and jobs to the region, including Braidy Industries in Ashland and EnerBlu in Pikeville. Both are game changers for our region, collectively providing more than 1,400 good paying full-time jobs and more than 1,000 construction jobs.”
Hall said he is honored and excited to accept this new opportunity with Appalachian Power.
“As a lifelong Kentuckian who has made a career out of working to better the place in which I grew up, it is difficult to realize that I am leaving Kentucky and Kentucky Power,” Hall said. “Eastern Kentucky has made me who I am, and I am so thankful for the many friends, colleagues, and co-workers who have worked with me to bring new economic opportunities to the region. I am humbled by the faith the company has in me to take on this very important and challenging role.”