Crosswhite to retire as Alabama Power CEO

CEO joined firm as corporate counsel in 2006

Mark Crosswhite.

Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power since 2014, will retire effective Dec. 31, the company announced. Plans for a successor will be announced later.

“Mark has spent a lifetime in service to his home state of Alabama through his work dedicated to the numerous charitable, civic and nonprofit causes he champions,” said Tom Fanning, who is chairman, president and CEO of Alabama Power’s parent Southern Co. “As the leader of Alabama Power Company, one of Alabama’s great corporate institutions, he carried with him each and every day that sense of service as he worked to improve the lives of customers, communities and colleagues.”

Crosswhite is credited with enhancing the working relationship between the power company and its union employees, particularly with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and building trades workers.

In addition, the company cited his collaboration with state government and economic development agencies to work toward an innovation economy as well as his work to promote a culture of inclusion.

Crosswhite also helped launch Prosper, which works to build the economy through inclusiveness. He continues to chair the Prosper board.

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A Decatur native, he is a University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate with a law degree from the University of Alabama. During law school, he clerked with law firm Balch & Bingham, assigned to its utilities team, and joined the firm and practice after graduation. He moved to Alabama Power as senior vice president and general counsel in 2004.

Honors include the UAH Alumni of Achievement Award, the A.G. Gaston Vision Award and the Friend of Labor designation from Alabama Organized Labor Awards Foundation. He was named 2020 Executive of the Decade by Birmingham Business Journal.

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