Other appointments and awards this week include Corna Kokosing and Design Group.

American Electric Power recently announced leadership changes of four key executives, most of which become effective Jan. 1. The changes are part of the company’s executive development plan focused on cleaner energy and innovative technical solutions for customers.

Lisa Barton has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. She will continue leading AEP’s utility operating companies and assume operations of the generation and transmission business units and procurement, supply chain and fleet operations. She has bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Julie Sloat has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for AEP. In this position, she will direct all CFO functions, including accounting and tax, treasury and risk, corporate planning and budgeting and investor relations. She has a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA, both from Ohio State University.

Brian Tierney has been named executive vice president – strategy, and will lead AEP's corporate strategy and operational and performance management functions. He has a bachelor's in history from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Timothy Wells has been promoted to vice president of sales, economic and business development, effective immediately, and will lead AEP's new business development in commercial and industrial customers. He has a bachelor's from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master's from Miami (Ohio) University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Corna Kokosing Construction Co. recently appointed Mark Osborn and Mitch Vincent to two key executive management roles.

With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Osborn was appointed to senior vice president, leading workforce development in Columbus and Indianapolis.

Vincent, who has been with the company since 2006, was promoted to vice president, overseeing estimating services, preconstruction services, business development, marketing and long-term client relations.

DesignGroup recently received several Merit Awards from the American Institute of Architects-Ohio for its design of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and the renovation of Columbus Metropolitan Library system’s Northern Lights Branch.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls, the Crane facility features a flexible design, accommodating research, rehabilitation and medical services.

The Northern Lights library project included a renovation and addition nearly doubling the size of the library, with dedicated spaces for customer service functions, lounge spaces, study areas and children’s programming zones.