OSU president, electric company head join Limited board

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Limited Brands has announced the appointments of Michael Morris and Dr. Gordon Gee to its board of directors.

Morris is the chairman of the board of directors of American Electric Power Co., Inc., one of the nation's largest generators of electricity.  From January 2004 until his retirement in November 2011, Morris was also the president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power. In addition, Morris currently serves as a director of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and Alcoa Inc. He holds a B.A. and master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law.

Dr. Gee is president of The Ohio State University. Prior to his service at Ohio State, he led Vanderbilt University, Brown University, The Ohio State University (1990-97), the University of Colorado, and West Virginia University. Active in a number of national professional and service organizations, he also serves on the boards for Bob Evans Inc., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. and the National 4-H Council.  He graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University.

"I am excited to welcome Mike and Gordon to our board," said Leslie Wexner, chairman and chief executive officer of Limited Brands. "I'm confident that their substantial experience and thinking will challenge us to continue to get better ... something we're focused on every day.  We're truly fortunate that they are on our team."