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CEO Leadership Series featuring Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Company

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC

Energy Policy for the 21st Century Join the National Chamber Foundation on April 13 as it welcomes Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, to its CEO Leadership Series. Tom took the reins of Southern Company on Dec. 1, 2010. He’ll discuss how Southern Company is advancing energy policy and jobs in the energy sector. At the event, Tom will discuss Southern Company's commitment to nuclear power. He’ll also talk about carbon capture and sequestration technology, including construction of the company’s integrated gasification combined cycle plant in Mississippi.

About Southern Company:

  • One of the largest producers of electricity in the United States.
  • More than 500,000 shareholders; NYSE SO since Sept. 30, 1949.
  • Four retail operating companies: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, serving 120,000 square miles in four states.
  • Competitive generation business extends to markets in six southeastern states.
  • 26,000 employees; 4.4 million customers

Bio: Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Elected by the board of directors in July 2010, Fanning became president of Southern Company in August 2010 and assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO and chairman in December 2010. Fanning has worked for Southern Company for 30 years and was most recently chief operating officer, where he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and the company’s competitive generation business units.  Fanning was also responsible for leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy and also served as a director of Southern Nuclear. Fanning has also served as the company’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. In this role, he also served as the chief risk officer and had responsibility for corporate strategy. Prior to assuming the role of chief financial officer, Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power. During his career, Fanning has held numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology. While at Gulf Power, Fanning was active in the state arena. He worked closely with Governor Jeb Bush to develop state government policy, served on the Governor’s Transition Policy Team, and in 2003 was appointed by Governor Bush to co-chair the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Advisory Committee. Fanning serves on the board of directors for The St. Joe Company, one of Florida’s largest real estate companies, as well as on the Georgia Tech College of Management Advisory Board. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable.


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