Southern Company Announces Executive Management Changes
ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2013
ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Southern Company Chairman, President
and CEO Thomas A. Fanning today announced a number of changes within the
Theodore J. McCullough will become executive vice president of Engineering and
Construction Services for Southern Company Operations. He will assume the
role vacated by Penny M. Manuel, who has announced her plans to retire.
James P. Heilbron will replace McCullough as senior vice president and senior
production officer of Alabama Power.
Dana P. Claburn will replace Heilbron as senior vice president and senior
production officer of Southern Power.
"The bench strength of our executive team illustrates why Southern Company's
commitment to leadership development is regarded among the best in the
industry," said Fanning. "The depth of our executives' experience directly
influences our customer-focused business model, allowing us to provide high
reliability, low prices and high customer satisfaction."
Manuel joined Southern Company in 1982 as a co-op student in fossil
generation. She has held positions in maintenance, planning, engineering and
fuel handling for various Alabama Power generating plants, until she moved
into senior management and executive positions, managing generation assets. In
2005, Manuel was named vice president and senior production officer of Gulf
Power. In 2007, she became vice president of technical services, and she moved
into her current position in 2010. Manuel was the recipient of the 2012
Leadership Award from the Engineering Council of Birmingham. In 2011, she was
chosen as one of UAB's "40 Engineers Making a Difference."
"For more than 30 years, Penny has remained at the forefront of our efforts to
deliver exceptional service while addressing challenges facing our company and
industry," said Fanning. "Under her leadership, the company has invested
billions of dollars in infrastructure, helping build the system and solutions
to best meet our customers' energy needs, both now and in the future."
McCullough, 49, is senior vice president and senior production officer of
Alabama Power, a Southern Company subsidiary that provides electricity and
energy services to 1.4 million customers in the southern two-thirds of
Alabama. As executive vice president of Engineering and Construction Services,
he will direct the approximately 1,600 employees responsible for new
generation and environmental strategy development, major project design and
construction execution, technology due diligence and O&M support.
McCullough joined Southern Company in 1987. He has held leadership positions
at coal-fired, gas-fired and hydro-electric power plants in Georgia and
Alabama, and also served as vice president and senior production officer of
Gulf Power. A registered professional engineer, McCullough holds bachelor's
degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University
and a master's in business administration from Auburn University.
Heilbron, 41, is senior vice president and senior production officer of
Southern Power, the subsidiary of Southern Company that acquires, builds,
manages and owns generation assets that have been constructed for the
wholesale market. As senior vice president and senior production officer of
Alabama Power, he will oversee the utility's power generation functions.
Heilbron joined subsidiary Georgia Power as a plant engineer in 1998 after
having worked at Milliken & Company. Since joining the company, he has worked
as a plant manager and in maintenance, operations and large project
management. Heilbron is a graduate of Auburn University, where he received a
bachelor's degree in civil/environmental engineering and a master's degree in
environmental engineering. He completed a master's in business administration
at Emory University.
Claburn, 47, is director of Human Resources for Southern Company Operations.
In her new role, she will oversee the operations of subsidiary Southern
Power's more than 8,600 megawatts of electric power generation with facilities
in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas,
and with an additional 30 megawatts under construction in Nevada.
Claburn joined Southern Company in 1987 as a student engineer in Oneonta, Ala.
After graduation, she spent two and a half years at NASA in Huntsville, Ala.,
before rejoining Southern Company as an engineer. Since returning to the
company, she has worked in engineering and construction services, system
planning, plant management,fuel servicesand human resources.Claburnholds a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and
a master'sinbusiness administration from SamfordUniversity.
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S.
producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company
owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
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nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of
the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in
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