Alabama Power names new CEO, president

Southern Company will have new president, CEO

Jeff Peoples has been named chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO and president of Alabama Power.

Alabama Power has named Jeff Peoples its new president and CEO, effective immediately, and its parent company, Southern Company, will be led by Chris Womack beginning in April.

Peoples succeeds Mark Crosswhite, becoming the 12th president and CEO of Alabama Power.

“Alabama Power has been committed to serving our state for more than a century,” Peoples said. “It is an honor to lead this team and build upon its legacy of powering Alabama.”

Most recently, Peoples was Alabama Power’s executive vice president of customer and employee services.

Womack will become CEO of Southern Company, based in Atlanta, following the company’s 2023 annual stockholders meeting.

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Thomas Fanning, current chairman of the board, CEO and president of Southern Company, will assume the role of executive chairman of the Board of Directors after Womack assumes the CEO role.

Womack, a native of Greenville, Alabama, has served as president of Georgia Power since 2020 and chairman, president and CEO since 2021.

“The board has been actively engaged in succession planning for the past several years, and after consideration of a number of candidates, we unanimously selected Chris as our new chief executive officer and president. Chris’ proven leadership, alignment with our values and ability to deliver strong results makes him a terrific choice to lead Southern Company,” said David Grain, Southern Company’s lead independent director.

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