Southern Co. makes leadership changes

Southern Co. chairman, president and CEO Thomas A. Fanning announced a number of changes within the company's executive management

Southern Co. chairman, president and CEO Thomas A. Fanning announced a number of changes within the company's executive management.

Kimberly S. Greene, president and CEO of Southern Co. Services, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Southern Co. She will be responsible for the Southern Co. system's operations, which includes generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning and research and environmental affairs, as well as wholesale energy providers Southern Power and Southern Wholesale Energy.

Greene will succeed Mark A. Crosswhite, who will become president and CEO of subsidiary Alabama Power. Crosswhite will assume the role vacated by Charles D. McCrary, who has announced plans to retire.

Mark S. Lantrip, currently treasurer of Southern Co. and executive vice president of finance and treasurer of Southern Co. Services, will replace Greene as president and CEO of Southern Co. Services. In his new role, Lantrip will be responsible for overseeing the company's information technology, human resources, supply chain management and marketing and program management, as well as SouthernLINC Wireless, Southern Co.'s wireless telecommunications provider, and Southern Telecom, the company's wholesale fiber optic network provider.

Southern Co. Services Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer Xia Liu will become treasurer of Southern Co. and senior vice president of finance and treasurer of Southern Co. Services. In addition to her current oversight of the treasury, financial analysis and strategic development functions, she will assume responsibility for enterprise risk management, insurance, trust finance and corporate planning and budgeting.

The new roles will take effect March 1, with McCrary serving as chairman of the Alabama Power board of directors until May 1, when Crosswhite is expected to assume the role.

Greene, 47, returned to Southern Co. in 2013 from TVA, where she was executive vice president and chief generation officer. Previously, Greene served as TVA's chief financial officer, executive vice president of financial services and chief risk officer. She was also group president for strategy and external relations at TVA. Prior to joining TVA in 2007, Greene was treasurer of Southern Co. and senior vice president of finance and treasurer of Southern Co. Services. She began her career with Southern Co.'s engineering organization in 1991.

Crosswhite, 51, joined Southern Co. in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Co.'s generation organization. He previously served as president and CEO of unit Gulf Power and held leadership positions at Alabama Power in the legal and external affairs organizations. Prior to joining Southern Co., he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Ala., where he practiced in the energy section for 17 years.

Lantrip, 59, joined Southern Co. in 1981 as an analyst in the corporate planning department of Gulf Power. He has since worked in a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility in financial planning and system planning departments across Southern Co. and its subsidiaries, including Southern Co. Services and Georgia Power. His leadership roles have included oversight of treasury, financial planning and analysis and risk management.

Liu, 44, began her career with Southern Co.'s finance organization in 1998. She has since held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Southern Co. corporate finance and treasury, generation fuel services and Alabama Power regulatory and financial planning.

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