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AES Indiana announced Brandi Davis-Handy as the president in February. She previously served as chief customer officer and has been with the company for almost a decade.

She will oversee the utility’s budget, advancing customer experience, growth, regulation, government affairs and community impact priorities.

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“I am excited and honored for a number of reasons. Spending years here at AES Indiana, I have grown to love the mission of not only what we do, but what we do to make it happen,” said Davis-Handy.

“What we provide is a critical need for the community.”

She cited the company undergoing a transformation with goals in four key areas: customer centricity, reliability, sustainability and economic development.

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She remembers AES Indiana was utilizing a lot of coal around the time she started working with the company in 2013, and now it uses a lot of natural gas, solar wind and energy storage.

“The plan is to be the first utility by 2026 to be out of coal,” said Davis-Handy.

“We want to keep rates as affordable as possible. We have donated $2 million to community organizations for impact. Our mission as a company is to accelerate the future of energy. The reality is there’s environmental impacts, and there’s a responsibility as a company to do that greener.”

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Davis-Handy is a graduate of Lawrence Central High School and of Hampton University, Virginia. Davis-Handy returned to Indianapolis in 2005 after working as a journalist in North Carolina.

“Brandi is a trusted business and community leader. Brandi has demonstrated herself to have a strong grasp of our entire business and has a deep passion for our customers,” said Ken Zagzebski, SVP of AES and president of utilities and CEO of AES Indiana.

“Her capacity to effectively balance the business, customer and people sides of our work and to operate at both the global and local level will remain a significant asset for AES Indiana and our community.”

The future of AES Indiana

He looks forward to working alongside their team to better meet their customers’ and communities’ needs and expectations as they accelerate the energy transition across Central Indiana and the state.

“If you had asked me two years, five years or even two years ago, I would not have thought I would be the president of AES, but anything is possible,” said Davis-Handy.

She understands that the average customer is not excited to see their bill at the end of the month, but that it is a service and a product that Hoosiers need.

“We know with these investments, there are increases in the monthly bill, and we want our customers to know we’re here with programs, including the Power of Change,” said Davis-Handy.

The Power of Change is a new pilot program designed to help income-qualified customers through a one-time grant that assists with electric bill payments when financial challenges occur.

The goal is to offer customers a hand during a time of need.

Contact staff writer Jade Jackson at (317) 762-7853 or by email JadeJ@IndyRecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @IAMJADEJACKSON.

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