American Electric Power has named Phillip Ulrich as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective August 2, 2021. Ulrich will have responsibility for aligning human resources functions, processes and company culture in support of AEP's overall business strategy. In this role, he will have oversight of employee relations, leadership and organizational development, diversity, equity and inclusion, benefits and compensation, operations, wellness and productivity for AEP's 16,800 employees. He will report to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer. Ulrich has more than 26 years of experience in human resources and most recently served as chief human resources officer at Flex, LTD, a global manufacturing company with more than 170,000 employees in 30 countries. Prior to his role with Flex, he worked for Eaton, a power management company, and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility including senior vice president, Human Resources, Electrical Sector. Prior to Eaton, Ulrich held leadership roles with Cooper Industries, which was acquired by Eaton in 2012, and Honeywell International Inc. Ulrich received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Presbyterian College and a master's degree in industrial/organization psychology from Clemson University.