AES Ohio adds to senior leadership team including first-ever chief customer officer and smart grid leader

March 23, 2021

AES Ohio, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), announced today the addition of two senior leaders including the first-ever chief customer officer and smart grid leader.

Wendy Mehringer will serve as chief customer officer and lead and accelerate efforts for the customer service team as they focus on new solutions to help customers achieve their most important objectives of reliability, affordability and sustainability. Mehringer will manage and improve customer interactions and advocate as the voice of the customer. Mehringer has built her career on bringing customer, and other stakeholder and community needs, to the forefront in organizational transformations, first as an executive at Indiana Blood Center then leading the newly created customer experience team at Roche Diagnostics. She is a graduate of Ball State University and received her MBA from Purdue University.

Kathy Storm will serve as vice president, US Smart Grid and Ohio T&D Operations. As smart grid leader for AES’ US utilities, Storm will lead grid modernization efforts to meet the future energy needs of customers. AES Ohio has future modernization plans including upgrades to provide distribution network self-healing capabilities, upgrading and replacing aging infrastructure, and other grid resiliency capabilities Storm previously led the US Utilities Transmission and Distribution Asset Management team and Operations for Metering Services and Safety. Storm has been with AES for 14 years and is a is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

AES Ohio also promoted company veteran Mark Vest. Serving as senior director of T&D Operations for AES Ohio, Vest will manage a team of 600 employees and contractors performing engineering, construction and field work to ensure reliable electric service for AES Ohio customers. Vest has been with AES Ohio for almost 27 years and serves on the local Junior Achievement board.

“It’s an exciting moment in our company history,” said AES Ohio president and CEO Kristina Lund. “The changes we are making within our senior leadership team reflect our increased focus and dedication to accelerating the future of energy here in Ohio. The investments we are making internally and externally, like the development of the AES Smart Operations Center, located in Dayton, is an example of how we are accelerating technology and digital transformations to deliver smarter energy solutions for our utility customers.”

The AES Smart Operations Center will use data analytics and digital tools to drive operations performance across AES US.  Learn more about how we are accelerating the future of energy, together at


About AES Ohio 

AES Ohio is the principal subsidiary of DPL Inc. (DPL), a regional energy provider and an AES company. AES Ohio, a regulated electric utility, provides service to over 527,000 customers in West Central Ohio. AES Ohio rates are the lowest in Ohio among investor-owned utilities. Connect with AES Ohio on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Learn more about how AES Ohio is accelerating the future of energy, visit

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