Alliant Energy appoints new president/COO

Alliant Energy Corp. is appointing Lisa M. Barton to the newly created role of president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 27. In this role, Barton will work closely with John O. Larsen, Alliant Energy’s chair and chief executive officer, to execute the company’s investment growth plan and continue advancing Alliant Energy’s work to enable a clean energy future. She will oversee the company’s two public utility subsidiaries, Interstate Power and Light (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), as well as Alliant Energy’s customer experience, sustainability, and regulatory strategies.

Barton, 57, most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utility companies in the United States. She was responsible for all of AEP’s regulated operations across 11 states and for the health and safety of 16,700 employees.

Barton began her career at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) in 1987 and rejoined the company in 2002 after working with Strategic Energy LLC, a consulting firm focused on power procurement and power market strategies, and Ransmeier & Spellman, where she served as a lobbyist and senior counsel to clients across the gas and electric utility sector.

She is on the board of directors for Commercial Metals Co. She has also served the industry as vice chair and member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s executive board and former chair of the ReliabilityFirst board. A former International Women’s Foundation (IWF) fellow and member of G100 Next Generation Leadership, Barton is a member of IWF and C200.

Barton earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School.