Albert M. Smoak is president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is responsible for the electric distribution system, engineering, operations, construction and maintenance, serving approximately 521,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, northeast Texas, and the panhandle of Texas.
He leads more than 1,600 SWEPCO employees who generate the power to impact our communities, to strengthen our economy, to enrich our environment and to create a brighter future together.
Smoak started with the company in 1984 as a distribution engineer in Shreveport and has served in a variety of management roles in the metering, operations and engineering functions. Prior to his current role, he served as the vice president of Distribution Region Operations.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He completed executive management programs at Louisiana State University and The Ohio State University.
Smoak is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and past president of the Shreveport Chapter. He is a member of the Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation, and is currently serving as a member and chairman of the Louisiana Tech Electrical Engineering Advisory Board. Since 2005, Smoak has been a principal member of the National Electrical Safety Code, Subcommittee 8, representing the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Community service has been a vital part of Smoak’s career. He currently serves as a board member of Shreveport Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the city’s environment.
Smoak and his wife Janice live in Bossier City, Louisiana.