The Board of Directors of Southern Communications today named Robert G. Dawson president and chief executive officer
of the Southern Company subsidiary, effective Oct. 15.
Dawson succeeds Robert Beason, a Southern Company vice president who has served as Southern Communications
acting president since the retirement of Roy Barron in August.
Bob Dawson clearly has the business skills needed to help Southern Communications expand its operations, said A.W.
Dahlberg, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of The Southern Company. Southern Communications builds and
maintains a mobile radio dispatching system for Southern Company utilities. The company also will market the system to
Dawson moves from his position as a vice president of Southern Electric International, where he has overseen operations in
Argentina, Chile, the Grand Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. Previously, he has served as vice president, power
generation and delivery, at Mississippi Power, and vice president, fuel services, for Southern Company Services.
Dawson joined The Southern Company in 1964 in the system planning department at Southern Company Services. During
his career, he has been responsible for load research, bulk power marketing, load dispatch, fuel procurement, environmental
performance, and system planning.
Dawson earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1969 and a
masters degree in business administration from Georgia State University in 1976. He is a registered professional engineer in
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.