COLUMBUS, Ohio – American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) announced today that longtime President and CEO Marc Gerken will retire next year after leading the organization for nearly two decades. He will remain in his role and fully engaged as the search for his replacement takes place.
“This was an anticipated event for the organization, and one for which AMP is well prepared,” said Steve Dupee, Board Chair for AMP. “We are grateful to Marc for the exceptional leadership he has provided AMP over the years, and above all we want our members and stakeholders to know that the health of the organization remains sound.”
Recognizing the likelihood of future leadership changes and the need to maintain the stability and vibrancy of the organization, the AMP Board and staff leaders developed a comprehensive succession plan in 2015. As part of that plan, two longtime AMP leaders with deep expertise were named as executive vice presidents several years ago, further adding to the stability of the management team. A Board search committee has been established and will select an executive search firm to help guide the process.
“I am honored to have led this organization for 20 years, and to have worked alongside my colleagues who impress me every day,” said Gerken. “Over the next year, I’ll be fortunate to continue my work guiding AMP’s exciting opportunities to advance the interests of our members, even as we plan for the transition to new leadership.”
Gerken has served since early 2000 as President and CEO of AMP, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and has more than 170 full-time employees at its headquarters and generating facilities. He began his career as a civil engineer working extensively in the public sector on infrastructure projects, including transportation, water, wastewater, and storm water improvements. He served as the city engineer in the public power community of Napoleon, Ohio, and in 1995, was named the community’s city manager. In that capacity, Gerken served on the AMP Board of Trustees for four years and chaired the AMP Board committee overseeing the construction of the 42-MW Belleville Hydroelectric Plant. He joined AMP in 1998 as vice president of business and operations.
Gerken has held several national leadership and policy development positions, including president of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Board of Directors (2013-2015) and past chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors (2009-2010), and he is current chair of The Energy Authority (TEA) Board. For more information about AMP or the search process, please visit www.amppartners.org.
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