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RICHARD E. DISBROW SUCCEEDS W. S. WHITE, JR. AS CHAIRMAN OF AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER

 RICHARD E. DISBROW SUCCEEDS W. S. WHITE, JR.
 AS CHAIRMAN OF AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard E. Disbrow has been elected Chairman of the Board of American Electric Power Company Inc., (NYSE: AEP) succeeding W. S. "Pete" White, Jr., who will retire as chairman, effective Dec. 31, 1991.
 White has been chairman of American Electric Power since 1976 and has served with the company since 1948. He will remain on the AEP Board of Directors.
 Disbrow has served as Chief Executive Officer of the company since Jan. 1, 1991 and has served since 1979 as President. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1975 and serves as chairman of the board's finance committee.
 Disbrow will remain Chief Executive Officer and will serve as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power Service Corporation (AEPSC), the provider of management and engineering services for the AEP System. He will relinquish the title of President, which remains open.
 "Pete White's leadership helped American Electric Power set a standard of excellence in technical innovation, energy efficiency and dedication to customers. He has left a lasting impact both on our industry and on those of us who worked closely with him for many years," Disbrow said.
 Since joining AEP in 1954, Disbrow has held many key posts, including major assignments in engineering, system planning, operations, administration and finance.
 "Richard Disbrow's command of electric utility operations, generation and transmission technology and the strategic issues facing the industry today comes from distinguished experience in our industry and valued service within our company," White said. "I know his management, leadership and commitment to quality service will provide strength and direction to our efforts during this exciting and challenging era."
 Disbrow holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Lehigh University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, respectively. He also holds a master's degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and a director of the Edison Electric Institute, the U.S. Council on Energy Awareness and National City Corporation, and has taken a leading role in many Ohio and national civic groups and industrial associations.
 American Electric Power Company Inc. is the nation's second-largest investor-owned electric utility, with more than $5 billion in annual revenues. The eight operating companies of the AEP System and its 23,000 employees serve seven million people in seven states.
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 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck, Senior Vice President - Public Affairs for American Electric Power Service Corporation, 614-223-1650/
 (AEP) CO: American Electric Power ST: Ohio IN: UTI SU: PER


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