Our Leadership

At Georgia Power, we understand the importance of strong leadership in both our company and the communities we serve. Our company leaders are stewards of the vision and planning that keep Georgia Power on the cutting edge—serving over 2.4 million customers every day with integrity and passion.

Our Chairman, President & CEO

Paul Bowers was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective 2011. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy providers.

Paul joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries.

Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.

In 1998, Paul was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity LLC (Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary), which he later transformed into Western Power Distribution (WPD), a distribution network company. In 2001, he was elected president of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for the company’s overall operational activities. He also served as CEO of Southern Power.

Paul serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd. (2018 chairman), Nuclear Energy Institute, AFLAC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress (2016 chairman), Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (2013 chairman), Georgia Chamber of Commerce (2015 chairman), Georgia Research Alliance, and the Georgia Ports Authority. He is curator for the Georgia Historical Society. Paul is a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

For his professional achievements and his commitment to the well-being of the citizens of Georgia, Paul has received the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award and the Council for Quality Growth’s Four Pillar Award, and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. In 2018, Paul was inducted as a Georgia Trustee by the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society for exemplifying the highest standard of “Not for Self, but for Others“ in his life and career.

A Pensacola, Fla., native, Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree from Troy University. He is also a Harvard Business School AMP graduate.

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Technology development for our company is critical for us moving forward, especially in seeking alternative forms of generating electricity.
Paul Bowers, Chairman, President & CEO

Our Management Council

Our Management Council is responsible for creating and implementing the company's vision and plan. Learn more about our Council members here.

Paul Bowers

Chairman, President & CEO                                        

Downloadable Bio

Chris Cummiskey

Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Nuclear Development

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Mike Anderson

Senior Vice President, Georgia Power Foundation & Charitable Giving

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Sloane Drake

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

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Pedro Cherry

Executive Vice President, Customer Service and Operations

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David Poroch

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Comptroller

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Meredith Lackey

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Allen Reaves

Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer

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Our Board of Directors

A governance cornerstone at Georgia Power, the directors on our board are required to be independent members of the communities we serve. 

Paul Bowers

Chairman, President & CEO

Georgia Power, Atlanta, Georgia 

Elected 2010

Mark Burns


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation 

Elected 2017

Shan Cooper

Executive Director

Atlanta Committee for Progress

Elected 2017

Larry Gellerstedt III

Executive Chairman

Cousins Properties, Atlanta, Georgia 

Elected 2017

Doug Hertz

President and CEO

United Distributors, Atlanta, Georgia 

Elected 2017

Tommy Holder

Chairman and CEO

Holder Construction Company 

Elected 2019

Kessel Stelling

Chairman and CEO

Synovus Financial Corp, Columbus, Georgia 

Elected 2016

Charles Tarbutton

Treasurer and Director

B-H Transfer Company, Sandersville, Georgia 

Elected 2010

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia 

Elected 2008

Clyde Tuggle


The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia 

Elected 2013

Our Political Contributions

Georgia Power complies with all laws governing political contributions or expenditures, including independent expenditures and using corporate funds in connection with elections for public office. Corporate contributions in connection with state and local elections are permitted in Georgia under state law. Any use of corporate funds to make political contributions or independent expenditures (as defined by applicable law) in connection with elections for public office must be approved in advance by Georgia Power's Chief Executive Officer, Senior External Affairs Officer and General Counsel.

2017 Contributions
Contribution Recipient
$15,000 Georgia Chamber Political Affairs Council
$50,000 Georgia Coalition for Job Creation
$25,000 Atlantans for Educational Progress
$27,500 Georgia Republican Party
$14,254 Georgia Republican Senatorial Committee
$6,000 Democratic Party of Georgia
$15,000 Georgia House Republican Trust
$1,500 Republican State Leadership Committee
2016 Contributions
Contribution Recipient
$50,000 Georgia Coalition for Job Creation, Inc.
$10,000 Georgia Conservatives Fund
$10,000 Georgia Republican Party
$5,000 Georgia Republican Senatorial Committee
$27,500 Democratic Party of Georgia
$10,000 Georgia House Republican Trust
$3,000 Republican State Leadership Committee
2015 Contributions
Contribution Recipient
$150,000 Georgia Coalition for Job Creation
$50,000 Georgia Leads Inc.
$10,000 Georgia Republican Senatorial Committee
$10,000 Georgia Republican Party
$5,000 Georgia House Republican Trust
$2,614 Georgia House Democratic Caucus
$5,000 Democratic Party of Georgia
2014 Contributions
Contribution Recipient
$50,000 Georgia Coalition for Job Creation, Inc.
$50,000 Georgia Republican Party
$10,000 Georgia Republican Party
2012 Contributions
Contribution Recipient
$5,000 Republican Party of Georgia

For more information, download an overview of Southern Company's policies and practices for political spending.