Major executive changes announced at Southern Co.

by Wally Northway

Published: July 6,2010

Tags: energy, senior executives, utilities

ATLANTA — Southern Company COO Thomas A. Fanning has announced several significant leadership changes in the company’s operations organization.

Ronnie L. Bates, president and CEO, Southern Power, and Jerry L. Stewart, chief production officer for Southern Company and senior vice president, Alabama Power, are retiring effective Oct. 1.

Oscar C. Harper will succeed Bates in leading Southern Power, which acquires, builds, manages and owns the company’s wholesale generation assets. Effective immediately, Harper will assume the role of president of Southern Power, as well as become a senior vice president of Southern Company Services. He was formerly vice president, energy planning and nuclear development, at Southern Company’s Georgia Power subsidiary.

Douglas E. Jones will succeed Stewart as chief production officer. Jones will remain senior production officer for Georgia Power until a successor is named. His new position will include oversight of all fossil and hydro generating facilities owned and operated by Southern Company’s four electric utilities in the Southeast.

Theodore J. McCullough has been named senior vice president, Southern Company Services, effective immediately. McCullough also has been elected senior production officer and senior vice president by the Alabama Power board of directors. He was previously senior production officer and vice president for Southern Company’s Gulf Power subsidiary.

Harper joined the company in 1984. He has held various leadership positions in marketing, power delivery, competitive generation, regulatory affairs and national accounts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from Brenau University, in addition to completing executive management programs at Harvard and Emory universities.

Jones came to the company in 1980. He has held positions in retail marketing and regulatory affairs at Georgia Power, energy marketing at Southern Company and executive management at Southern Company Generation and Southern Power. Prior to assuming his current position in 2006, he was Georgia Power senior vice president of customer service and sales. Jones has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. He also completed Oxford University Templeton College’s advanced management program.

McCullough joined the company in 1987. He has held leadership positions at five power plants as well as responsibilities in fuel services, system planning and business development operations. 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.

Bates closes out a 35-year career with Southern Company, starting with the company’s Mississippi Power subsidiary in 1975. He was named Southern Power president and CEO in 2005.

Stewart joined Southern Company in 1973 at Alabama Power. He has served as Alabama Power’s senior production officer since 1999 and became chief production officer for Southern Company in 2002.

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