DAYTON – AES Ohio, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), announced the hiring of two longtime leaders who will join the customer service team. Both will be focused on helping lead and accelerate efforts in Indiana and Ohio dedicated to finding new and innovative solutions to help customers achieve their most important objectives of reliability, affordability and sustainability.
Tony Brown joins AES US Utilities as its Leader of Commercial Accounts, where he will oversee the Indiana and Ohio Strategic Account Organizations. Brown will shape the utilities business accounts and relationship strategy. Prior to joining AES, he held senior roles for OneAmerica, Kinetrex Energy and Dow Chemical. Brown has a significant amount of experience in sales and marketing in both B2B and B2C segments. Brown is a graduate of Earlham College and completed his MBA at the IU Kelley School of Business.
Jim Staton, former interim commerce secretary and senior vice president and chief business development officer at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. joins AES as its Economic Development Lead. Staton will focus on managing the funnel of commercial and industrial customer opportunities and facilitate a three-way growth collaborative, including strategic accounts and portfolio leads for AES Indiana and Ohio.
Staton joined the IEDC in 2005 and most recently oversaw the organization’s domestic and international business expansion and attraction efforts. Prior to being selected to lead global business development activity in 2018, Staton served in several economic development-focused roles at the IEDC, including vice president of business development, director of business development for the Central and Northwest Indiana regions, and as business recruitment director for North America. Staton is a graduate of Ball State University.
“Tony and Jim will play a pivotal role in driving operational excellence and customer satisfaction as we continue to focus on finding new technology and innovations to better serve our customers,” said Wendy Mehringer, Chief Customer Officer, AES US Utilities. “Their deep knowledge and expertise, dedication to customer care and solutions, and commitment to the people and communities they serve will be instrumental in earning the opportunity to grow with our customers.”