McCrary Named Alabama Power President

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Alabama Power

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alabama Power's board of
 directors tonight named Southern Company Generation President and Birmingham
 native Charles D. McCrary as the company's new president and chief operating
 officer.
        (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010426/ATTH044 )
     The announcement was made by Elmer B. Harris, who said, "I decided it is
 important to begin now an orderly and timely transition to the next generation
 of leadership for our company.
     "No one is better qualified to lead this company than Charles McCrary,"
 Harris said.  "Over a lifetime at Alabama Power and Southern Co., Charles has
 demonstrated both a deep commitment and a proven ability to serve our
 customers and our communities."
     During the transition, Harris said he will remain as chairman and CEO.
 Harris also said he was establishing a new Office of the Chairman from which
 he and McCrary will jointly direct the company.
     McCrary, 49, has served the past three years as president of Southern
 Company Generation and Energy Marketing and as chief production officer for
 Southern Co., which serves more than four million customers in the Southeast.
     In that role, he also served as president of Southern Power Co., which he
 established to expand generation both inside and outside the company's
 traditional service territory, and as president of Southern Electric Railroad
 Co. Inc., the nation's largest privately owned railroad. Southern uses the
 railroad to deliver fuel to its generating plants.
     From 1991 to 1998, McCrary headed external affairs at Alabama Power as
 senior vice president and later as executive vice president.
     "To return to Alabama Power as its ninth president is both a great honor
 and challenge," McCrary said.  "It is an honor to be asked to lead one of
 America's mostly highly regarded electric utilities.  It is a challenge to
 assume that leadership at a time of change in the industry, uncertainty in the
 economy, and great needs in our state.
     "I pledge to maintain and expand Alabama Power's 95-year commitment to the
 state -- to our customers, to my fellow employees, and to the communities we
 serve."
     McCrary has worked in the Southern Co. system since 1973, handling
 assignments in engineering, fuels, system planning, and several departments in
 Alabama Power's Environmental Affairs organization. He also worked as
 assistant to former Alabama Power President Joseph Farley.
     Later, he was vice president for administrative services-nuclear with
 responsibility to help plan and start Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
     In Birmingham, McCrary chairs the Metropolitan Arts Council and serves on
 the board of Children's Hospital.
     Within the utility industry, he is on the national board of the Center for
 Energy and Economic Development, co-chairman of the Coal Utilization Research
 Council, and member of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Edison
 Electric Institute.
     McCrary's father, Douglas McCrary, is also a former president of a
 Southern Co. subsidiary, Gulf Power. Douglas McCrary joined Alabama Power in
 1953 and was vice president of construction during an era of major expansion.
 Later he was senior vice president for engineering of Southern Co. From 1983
 to 1994, he was president and chief executive officer at Gulf Power, which
 serves the Florida panhandle.
     The two McCrarys will be the first father-and-son presidents in the
 history of Southern Co.
     McCrary graduated from Birmingham's Shades Valley High School in 1969. He
 received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University
 in 1973 and a J.D. degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1978.  He is a
 member of the Alabama State Bar Association.
     He is married to the former Phyllis Brantley of Birmingham.  They have two
 sons, Doug, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, and Alex, a senior at
 Vestavia Hills High School.  Alex plans to attend Auburn University this fall.
 
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SOURCE Alabama Power
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alabama Power's board of
 directors tonight named Southern Company Generation President and Birmingham
 native Charles D. McCrary as the company's new president and chief operating
 officer.
        (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010426/ATTH044 )
     The announcement was made by Elmer B. Harris, who said, "I decided it is
 important to begin now an orderly and timely transition to the next generation
 of leadership for our company.
     "No one is better qualified to lead this company than Charles McCrary,"
 Harris said.  "Over a lifetime at Alabama Power and Southern Co., Charles has
 demonstrated both a deep commitment and a proven ability to serve our
 customers and our communities."
     During the transition, Harris said he will remain as chairman and CEO.
 Harris also said he was establishing a new Office of the Chairman from which
 he and McCrary will jointly direct the company.
     McCrary, 49, has served the past three years as president of Southern
 Company Generation and Energy Marketing and as chief production officer for
 Southern Co., which serves more than four million customers in the Southeast.
     In that role, he also served as president of Southern Power Co., which he
 established to expand generation both inside and outside the company's
 traditional service territory, and as president of Southern Electric Railroad
 Co. Inc., the nation's largest privately owned railroad. Southern uses the
 railroad to deliver fuel to its generating plants.
     From 1991 to 1998, McCrary headed external affairs at Alabama Power as
 senior vice president and later as executive vice president.
     "To return to Alabama Power as its ninth president is both a great honor
 and challenge," McCrary said.  "It is an honor to be asked to lead one of
 America's mostly highly regarded electric utilities.  It is a challenge to
 assume that leadership at a time of change in the industry, uncertainty in the
 economy, and great needs in our state.
     "I pledge to maintain and expand Alabama Power's 95-year commitment to the
 state -- to our customers, to my fellow employees, and to the communities we
 serve."
     McCrary has worked in the Southern Co. system since 1973, handling
 assignments in engineering, fuels, system planning, and several departments in
 Alabama Power's Environmental Affairs organization. He also worked as
 assistant to former Alabama Power President Joseph Farley.
     Later, he was vice president for administrative services-nuclear with
 responsibility to help plan and start Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
     In Birmingham, McCrary chairs the Metropolitan Arts Council and serves on
 the board of Children's Hospital.
     Within the utility industry, he is on the national board of the Center for
 Energy and Economic Development, co-chairman of the Coal Utilization Research
 Council, and member of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Edison
 Electric Institute.
     McCrary's father, Douglas McCrary, is also a former president of a
 Southern Co. subsidiary, Gulf Power. Douglas McCrary joined Alabama Power in
 1953 and was vice president of construction during an era of major expansion.
 Later he was senior vice president for engineering of Southern Co. From 1983
 to 1994, he was president and chief executive officer at Gulf Power, which
 serves the Florida panhandle.
     The two McCrarys will be the first father-and-son presidents in the
 history of Southern Co.
     McCrary graduated from Birmingham's Shades Valley High School in 1969. He
 received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University
 in 1973 and a J.D. degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1978.  He is a
 member of the Alabama State Bar Association.
     He is married to the former Phyllis Brantley of Birmingham.  They have two
 sons, Doug, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, and Alex, a senior at
 Vestavia Hills High School.  Alex plans to attend Auburn University this fall.
 
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