Southern Company subsidiaries announce leadership changes
Organizational moves help position company for future growth
ATLANTA, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced executive leadership changes involving several of its subsidiaries, effective July 30.
John G. Trawick has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for subsidiary Southern Power. Trawick was formerly senior vice president of commercial operations and planning for Southern Company Services. In this role, Trawick will lead the operations of Southern Power's expanding electric generation fleet, as well as project development and construction, and asset optimization.
John L. Pemberton has been named senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Southern Power. Pemberton was formerly senior vice president and senior production officer for subsidiary Georgia Power. In this position, Pemberton will work closely with the Southern Company system legal organization. His additional responsibilities will include contract compliance, environmental compliance, communications, real estate and coordinating with system federal policy efforts.
"As Southern Company creates the future of energy, we are drawing from the system's exceptional leadership bench strength to support Southern Power's rapid growth," said Southern Power President and CEO Joseph A. "Buzz" Miller. "John Trawick and John Pemberton will deliver immediate value as members of Southern Power's executive team."
Theodore "Ted" J. McCullough will assume Pemberton's senior production officer responsibilities for Georgia Power's 17,500 megawatts of natural gas, coal and hydro generation. McCullough is the current senior vice president and chief production officer for Southern Company Services. McCullough takes on this role in addition to his current duties, which include overseeing the operation of the Southern Company system's fossil, hydro and renewable generation assets.
"Over the years, John Pemberton's leadership has steadily guided Georgia Power's fleet through significant changes in our generation mix," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Ted's operations expertise and broad understanding of our business ensures Georgia Power's generation fleet will continue to evolve, including more renewable projects, working with our partners across the system to provide our customers with safe, reliable and affordable energy today and into the future."
Currently Southern Company Services' senior vice president of commercial operations and planning, Trawick began his career as a senior consultant with J. Kennedy and Associates in Atlanta, before joining Southern Energy Inc. in 1996 and serving as director of market affairs for Mirant Corp. He later transitioned to Southern Company as manager of portfolio management and served in a variety of roles, including director of strategic and corporate affairs for Southern Power. In 2008, he joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as vice president of strategy, pricing and contracts before returning to Southern Company in 2013. Trawick graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and earned a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Tennessee. He serves on the leadership council of the College of Science and Mathematics at Auburn University.
Pemberton joined Southern Company in 2003 as vice president of governmental affairs in Southern Company's Washington, D.C. office, where he managed the company's federal outreach activities. Before joining Southern Company, Pemberton served as chief of staff for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation, where he helped manage the office's efforts on several utility-related policy issues. Pemberton was also counsel and then chief of counsel for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Creighton University School of Law.
McCullough joined Southern Company in 1987 and has held leadership positions at coal-fired, gas-fired and hydroelectric power plants in Georgia and Alabama. Prior to overseeing the system's fossil and hydro generation assets, McCullough served as senior vice president of engineering and construction services and as senior production officer at Alabama Power and Gulf Power. McCullough is a registered professional engineer with degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He also has a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University.
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Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning future growth of Southern Company and Southern Power. Southern Company and Southern Power caution that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Southern Company and Southern Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Southern Company's and Southern Power's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, environmental laws regulating emissions, discharges, and disposal to air, water, and land, and also changes in tax and other laws and regulations to which Southern Company and its subsidiaries are subject, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; the effects, extent, and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets in which Southern Company and its subsidiaries operate; variations in demand for electricity; available sources and costs of natural gas and other fuels; effects of inflation; the ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development and construction of generating facilities, which include the development and construction of generating facilities, to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses, and to satisfy any environmental performance standards, including the requirements of tax credits and other incentives; advances in technology; state and federal rate regulations; the ability to successfully operate generating facilities and the successful performance of necessary corporate functions; internal restructuring or other restructuring options that may be pursued; potential business strategies, including acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, which cannot be assured to be completed or beneficial to Southern Company or Southern Power; the ongoing partnerships with Turner Renewable Energy, LLC, First Solar, Inc., and Recurrent Energy; the ability of counterparties of Southern Company and its subsidiaries to make payments as and when due and to perform as required; the ability to obtain new short- and long-term contracts with wholesale customers; the direct or indirect effect on Southern Company and its subsidiaries' businesses resulting from cyber intrusion or terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorist incidents; interest rate fluctuations and financial market conditions and the results of financing efforts; changes in Southern Company's and its subsidiaries' credit ratings; the impacts of any sovereign financial issues; the ability of Southern Company's subsidiaries to obtain additional generating capacity (or sell excess generating capacity) at competitive prices; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events such as influenzas, or other similar occurrences; the direct or indirect effects on Southern Company's and its subsidiaries' businesses resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid or operation of generating resources; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard-setting bodies. Southern Company and Southern Power expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking information.
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