CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Tim Light, senior VP – Fuels, Emissions & Logistics (American Electric Power), has announced the appointment of Keith Darling to lead AEP River Operations, effective immediately.
In his new role, according to a press release, Darling will oversee all managerial and operating activities related to AEP River Operations functions, including sales, planning & budgeting, accounting, business development, logistics, operations and maintenance.
Darling joined AEP in 1975 at the former Southern Ohio Coal Company. He held several positions of progressive responsibility in HR and Labor Relations in the former AEP Fuel Supply organization, which included River Transportation Division. He was named managing director – Boat Operations in 2002. Darling holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a master’s degree from Ohio University, both in economics.
Darling succeeds Mark Knoy, who has left AEP to head up American Commercial Lines.
“Keith’s river operations experience is extremely broad and deep. His extensive background and experience working with people, in business and in river operations provide a unique fit for our River Ops organization,” Light said. “Keith has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and is focused on both operations and safety excellence.”
AEP River Operations includes a fleet of 3,275 barges and 94 towboats, a full-service shipyard and six barge repair and cleaning facilities. Headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, AEP River Operations is one of the largest dry-bulk barge companies on the inland waterways, transporting 77 million tons of commodities each year.