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Southern Company announces executive management changes

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Staff writer | Atlanta, Ga., USA | July 18, 2013
Southern CompanyJuly 18, 2013, Atlanta, Ga., USA - Southern Company has announced several changes within the company's operations management team.
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 September 1, 2013.

Mr. Grantham 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. Mr. Grantham earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

Mr. 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.

John G. Trawick will return to Southern Company from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), succeeding Mr. Grantham in the newly expanded role of vice president of commercial operations and services, effective August 1, 2013.

Mr. Trawick most recently served as TVA's senior vice president of power supply and fuels. In addition to leading TVA's power trading, fuels and generation planning organization, Mr. Trawick has held executive positions at TVA in the strategy, pricing and contracts businesses. Prior to his tenure at TVA, he was director of strategic and corporate affairs for Southern Power. He also served as director of market affairs for Mirant Corporation.

Mr. Trawick earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Auburn University and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee.

Charles D. Long, who has announced plans to retire.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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 fleet.

Kimberly D. Flowers will become vice president of engineering for engineering and construction services.

Ms. Flowers 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. Ms. 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.

Lewis A. Jeffers will succeed Ms. Flowers as vice president of technical services for engineering and construction services.

Mr. Jeffers 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.

Mr. Jeffers earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama.


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