During the 43rd annual CEO Awards Luncheon hosted by the Atlanta Business League on May 25, 2022, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO, Chris Womack, was presented with the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year Award.
This prestigious award is given each year to a local CEO who demonstrates outstanding participation in minority vendor development and is heavily engaged with local community activities.
“Chris defines himself by the individual relationships he has with people and what he is able to accomplish for community,” said longtime friend Ernest Greer, Co-President of Greenberg Traurig.
Daniel Shoy, former president of East Lake Foundation, said, “He is a mentor, and the work that I’ve had the great joy of leading at East Lake Foundation for nearly 12 years was significantly enhanced by Chris Womack. I’ve learned many lessons from Chris.”
As CEO of Georgia Power, Womack oversees the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, which serves approximately 2.7 million customers across the state of Georgia. Womack has led the company to success without wavering from his commitment to increase economic equality for minority enterprises and to treat all individuals fairly.
“During these last 24 months, Georgia Power has engaged in serious conversations about race, equity and minority vendor development. Conversations like the one we had at the Atlanta Business League’s CEO of the Year Award Luncheon,” said Womack. “Thank you to the Atlanta Business League for creating a space for these important conversations, and for the honor of being the 2022 Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year.”
Womack was one of several Georgia-based chief executive officers who were honored by the Atlanta Business League at their annual CEO Awards Luncheon with a tribute video for Womack posted at https://fb.watch/dfpJqnU4ee/ [fb.watch]. The ABL was originally established in 1933 as the first Black business organization in the Southeast with the goal to enhance and expand the minority business community in Georgia.