Southern Company announces executive management changes
ATLANTA, July 17, 2013
ATLANTA, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company Chief Operating
Officer Mark A. Crosswhite has announced several changes within the company's
operations management team.
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William C. Grantham will become vice president, chief financial officer and
treasurer for subsidiary Southern Power. He will assume a role vacated by
Michael W. Southern, who has announced his plans to retire. The change will
take place on Sept. 1.
John G. Trawick will return to Southern Company from the Tennessee Valley
Authority (TVA), succeeding Grantham in the newly expanded role of vice
president of commercial operations and services, effective Aug. 1. In his new
role, the company's fleet operations and trading functions will report
directly to Trawick, a role currently held by Charles D. Long, who has
announced plans to retire. Trawick most recently served as TVA's senior vice
president of power supply and fuels.
In addition, Crosswhite announced that Kimberly D. Flowers will become vice
president of engineering for engineering and construction services. Lewis A.
Jeffers will succeed Flowers as vice president of technical services for
engineering and construction services.
"These individuals exemplify the Southern Company system's diversity of
experience and demonstrate the exceptional leadership needed for the company
to remain among the best in our industry while providing our customers with
clean, safe, reliable and affordable power," said Crosswhite. "These moves
will enhance our ability to deliver on our major projects and support the
fleet with industry-leading technical expertise."
Michael W. Southern joined Southern Company in 1974 as an accounting associate
with subsidiary Georgia Power. After progressing through various roles, he
held leadership positions across multiple operating companies, including
assistant treasurer for Georgia Power, director of financial planning and
director of corporate finance for Southern Company, and chief financial
officer of subsidiary Mississippi Power. He is past chairman of the Finance
and Regulation Executive Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee for the
Edison Electric Institute.
Long began his Southern Company career in 1974 as a junior engineer at
subsidiary Alabama Power's Plant Barry. He subsequently held management
positions in bulk power services and contracts, integrated resource planning
and system planning for Southern Company Services. In 1998, Long became vice
president of generation planning and development and was named vice president
of fleet operations and trading in 2005. Since that time, he has led the
real-time operation and energy trading activities of the Southern Company
"Through 39 years of dedicated service, Mike Southern and Charley Long have
led the successful execution of numerous Southern Company projects that have
improved the company's financial and operational performance while increasing
customer value," said Crosswhite. "Their sound guidance has helped our company
identify and deliver solutions to best meet customers' energy needs, both now
and in the future."
Grantham, 43, began his Southern Company career in 1988 as a distribution
co-op student at Mississippi Power. He then worked in system planning,
competitive wholesale generation and corporate finance before being named to
his current position of vice president and chief financial officer for
operations in 2010.
Grantham earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from
Mississippi State University.
In addition to leading TVA's power trading, fuels and generation planning
organization, Trawick, 44, has held executive positions at TVA in the
strategy, pricing and contracts businesses. Prior to his tenure at TVA,
Trawick was director of strategic and corporate affairs for Southern Power. He
also served as director of market affairs for Mirant Corporation.
Trawick earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Auburn
University and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of
Flowers, 48, joined Southern Company in 1984 as a co-op student at Georgia
Power. She progressed through a number of plant positions, including serving
as manager of plants Bowen and Smith. She has also served as senior production
officer for Mississippi Power.
Flowers holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering from
the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's degree from the University
of West Georgia.
Jeffers, 57, began his Southern Company career in 1979 as a junior engineer at
subsidiary Alabama Power. He worked in numerous positions in generation,
including the roles of manager at plants Smith and Barry. He served as senior
production officer at Savannah Electric, a subsidiary that merged with Georgia
Power in 2006. He most recently served as general manager of new generation
projects and construction for engineering and construction services.
Jeffers earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the
University of Alabama.
With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 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
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
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renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be
built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to
energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal
gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the
2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new
nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of
the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in
Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit
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