Southern Company establishes executive committee to oversee environmental policies and performance

ATLANTA – Southern Company today announced the formation of the Southern Company Environmental Executive Committee. This newly formed committee will be responsible for establishing environmental policies, reviewing key environmental strategies and plans and evaluating the company’s performance.

The Environmental Executive Committee will function as a subcommittee of the Southern Company Management Council, which is responsible for establishing company policies and strategy. The Council reports to Chairman, President and CEO Allen Franklin.

Southern Company has long invested in the resources necessary to meet the company’s environmental commitment. Hundreds of employees are dedicated to not only making sure the company either meets or exceeds all environmental laws and regulations, but also that the company develops strategies and practices to continuously improve the company’s environmental performance.

“Our definition of performance also extends to community participation and stewardship efforts that teach environmental responsibility and help us solve problems at the grassroots level,” said Franklin. “Ultimately, the responsibility for how well we do in all areas of environmental performance rests in the hands of our company’s leadership.”

Recommendations to the committee from the company’s environmental managers will provide critical input for establishing the policies, strategies and plans.

The Environmental Executive Committee will consist of:

  • Dwight Evans, executive vice president of Southern Company, chairman
  • Dr. Charles Goodman, senior vice president of Southern Company, responsible executive
  • Charles McCrary, president and CEO of Alabama Power
  • David Ratcliffe, president and CEO of Georgia Power
  • Travis Bowden, president and CEO of Gulf Power
  • Mike Garrett, president and CEO of Mississippi Power
  • Anthony James, president and CEO of Savannah Electric
  • Paul Bowers, president of Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing
  • Ed Holland, executive vice president and general counsel of Southern Company
With nearly four million customers and more than 34,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super-regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Company owns five electric utilities, a fast-growing competitive generation company and an energy services business, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are 15 percent below the national average. Southern Company has been named No. 1 on Fortune magazine`s 2002 "Most Admired Company" list in the Electric and Gas Utility industry. Southern Company has more than 500,000 shareholders, making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United States. Visit the Southern Company Web site at