Ed Staton was named to his current position in February 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industry.
Staton began his career with Kentucky Utilities Company as a student laborer in Substation Construction. He subsequently held positions in the Transmission Engineering, Line Construction, and Service departments, and management positions at the company's Eddyville and Elizabethtown offices. He served in senior management roles in Distribution Operations and Transmission before being named to Vice President of Transmission in 2011.
In his current role, Staton has responsibility for developing and implementing LG&E and KU’s state regulatory strategy, which includes maintaining compliance with applicable statutes and regulations at the state and local levels and managing the company’s rates and regulatory function. He also is responsible for managing issues before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Staton currently serves on the SERC Reliability Corporations board of directors and is a member of both the Board Executive and the Human Resource Compensation Committees. Staton holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern Indiana and a master's degree in business administration from the Gordon Ford School of Business, Western Kentucky University. He has also completed the Executive Management Program in Innovation and Corporate Strategy at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Staton's civic involvement includes service as a board member of the Larue County Industrial Foundation and Project Lead the Way, board chairman of Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Ky., and is a member of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council. He also has served as vice chairman of the Eddyville Industrial Foundation, president of the Lyon County Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, a Louisville Junior Achievement classroom instructor, member of 2012 Leadership Kentucky Class and participant in the Elizabethtown Leadership Program.