Southern Company names Dr. Mark S. Berry as head of research and development group

ATLANTA, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced that Dr. Mark S. Berry, currently vice president of Environmental & Natural Resources for Georgia Power, will be adding the position of vice president of Southern Company Services Research & Development, effective August 6th. In a dual role, Dr. Berry will continue to lead Georgia Power's Environmental & Natural Resources organization while also leading Southern Company's research and development activities.

Dr. Mark S. Berry

Dr. Berry began his career in the Research & Environmental Affairs organization in 1996 as an intern. Over his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of Research & Technology Management. After a stint outside of Southern Company as a research director at the Southern Research Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute, Dr. Berry rejoined Southern Company in 2015 as vice president of Environmental Affairs at Georgia Power.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Alabama A&M University and a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also earned a master's degree in public and private management from Birmingham Southern College and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama.

For five decades, Southern Company's research and development organization has been leading industry innovation and leveraging research grants to deliver value to customers. In its 50th year, Southern Company research and development continues to serve customers by developing low-carbon generation technologies, advancing distributed energy solutions, modernizing the grid, promoting a culture of sustainability and developing new business models.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

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