Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Strategy & Innovation, American Municipal Power
Branndon Kelley is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation and Chief Strategy Officer for American Municipal Power, Inc., the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 132 Members across nine states that serve approximately 650,000 customers. He has more than 24 years of experience providing vision, leadership, governance and execution of technology and strategic programs, projects and departments. His diverse background includes leading the development of enterprise technology and innovative solutions in a wide variety of business environments, including technology, education, government, financial services, energy, healthcare and manufacturing.
Kelley joined AMP in 2009 as the Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and has led the organization through a complete information technology transformation. In 2023, he was promoted to his current role where he oversees AMP’s information technology and risk departments and has responsibility for its innovation and transformation initiatives. During his tenure as AMP’s Chief Information Officer, Kelley spearheaded a digital transformation, modernizing infrastructure and incorporating cutting-edge technologies such as smart grids and data analytics as well as the implementation of robust cybersecurity measures to support efforts by AMP and its Members to protect critical infrastructure.
Kelley serves as AMP’s representative on the boards of Hometown Connections, Inc., and the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. He also serves as president of the Board of Directors of the DeVry Scholarship Fund. Kelley has received many industry honors in recent years, including the comSpark Central Ohio Tech Power Player Award in 2018 and 2019, the 2015 Frost and Sullivan CIO Impact Award; being named to the 2017 class of Smart Business Magazine’s Central Ohio Smart 50 and to the Top 20 Most Innovative CIOs list in 2014.
Prior to joining AMP, Kelley held senior management and executive roles at Quick Solutions, Inc. (now Fusion alliance), HP, EDS, Saber Corp., and has spent more than nine years as an adjunct professor at local colleges.
Kelley received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from DeVry University and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame, earning a Pinnacle Award. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management, where he received the 40 for 40th award in recognition of being one of the top 40 graduates in school history.
Recognized as a leader in his field, Kelley is often invited to share his insights through publications and speaking engagements at national and regional technology and utility conferences and events.