Mississippi Power names Wilson executive vice president of operations

GULFPORT, Miss. – Mississippi Power today named Anthony Wilson executive vice president of operations effective May 4.

Wilson will report to Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland and have responsibility for the company’s overall operations, including customer service, distribution, transmission, generation, marketing, community relations and corporate services.

Holland will continue to focus his efforts on the regulatory and financial issues related to the final stages of construction of the Kemper County energy facility. 

“With his proven leadership and experience in virtually every area of the electric utility business, Anthony will be an invaluable addition to the Mississippi Power leadership team and help us build our bench strength to fill critical positions,” Holland said. “Anthony will work closely with me and the rest of the leadership team to continue to move Mississippi Power forward for years to come.” 

A D’Iberville, Miss., native, Wilson began his career in 1984 at Mississippi Power and held numerous leadership positions in the company, including Meridian division manager, assistant plant manager at the Chevron Cogenerating Facility and power delivery manager. He joined Georgia Power in 2002 as manager of marketing regulatory affairs and went on to serve as vice president of both distribution and transmission.

On Jan. 1, 2012, Wilson was named executive vice president of Customer Service and Operations for Georgia Power, providing leadership and direction for nearly 5,500 employees. In this role, he led the company’s marketing and customer service efforts while operating and maintaining an electric system that serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.

“It’s important now more than ever to have Anthony rejoin the company. His commitment to delivering world-class value to every customer every day and his extensive knowledge of our Mississippi Power service area make him an outstanding choice for the EVP role,” continued Holland. “Anthony has both the experience and the passion to ensure Mississippi Power continues to play a vital role in the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the Oxford University Advanced Management Program.

Throughout his career, Wilson has served in numerous civic, community and charitable roles. He spearheaded United Way campaigns, chambers of commerce and government advisory boards, including membership on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s Severe Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force.

Wilson serves on the advisory board of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University, where he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2009 and an Alumni Fellow in 2012, as well as the executive committee of the MSU Foundation board of directors. He also serves on the American Cancer Society Executive Leadership Council and the board of Camp Sunshine, an Atlanta-based organization that works with children who have cancer.

In addition, Wilson holds positions in key industry groups, including the board of directors for the Power Delivery Committee of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the executive committee for the Southeastern Electric Exchange.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power has been recognized throughout the utility industry for excellence in storm restoration and recovery efforts and as a leader in safety. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on TwitterLinkedInGoogle+ and YouTube.


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