Southern Electric International names new officers

Southern Electric International Inc. has named David T. Gallaspy vice president for business development in Asia and the Pacific Rim and Mark Lynch vice president of construction and project development.

Southern Electric, a unit of The Southern Company, develops, builds, owns and operates power production and delivery facilities and provides a broad range of technical services for industrial companies and utilities in the U.S. and international markets.

The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is also the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Other subsidiaries include Southern Nuclear, Southern Communications Services, Southern Development and Investment Group and Southern Company Services. Together, these companies make up one of the largest electric utility groups in the United States.

In his new position, Gallaspy, 44, will be responsible for Southern Electric’s business development strategies in the Asian and Pacific power markets, as well as identifying and pursuing business opportunities and managing assets. He succeeds J. William “Bill” Holden, who now serves as vice president for operations and development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gallaspy joined The Southern Company in 1982 as a research engineer at Southern Company Services. He served in a number of engineering and project management positions before moving to Southern Electric’s engineering and technical group in 1991. Prior to his new assignment, Gallaspy was project director in Southern Electric’s Domestic Division. He also has served as manager of Southern Electric’s engineering group and has extensive experience with Southern Electric projects in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban affairs from George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lynch, 42, will be responsible for directing Southern Electric’s worldwide construction activities and overseeing the development of new power-plant development projects. He previously served as director of Southern Electric’s Tarahan Project, a power plant currently under development in Indonesia. He also was project director of the Birchwood Power Facility, a 240-megawatt coal-fired power plant under construction in Virginia.

He joined Southern Electric in 1988 after several years with an engineering consulting firm and in power plant construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University.

“Dave Gallaspy and Mark Lynch bring the kind of experience and leadership to our management team that have made Southern Electric a leader in the international power market,” Southern Electric President Tom Boren said in announcing the appointments. “Their efforts have played a major role in helping Southern Electric attain many of its assets around the world.”