Southern Company Board Names Franklin Chairman

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Southern Company

    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Southern
 Company (NYSE:   SO) has elected President and Chief Executive Officer Allen
 Franklin as its chairman.  Franklin replaces retiring Chairman A.W. "Bill"
 Dahlberg as the board's new leader.
     Franklin, 56, will hold the titles of chairman, president and CEO.  Prior
 to the board electing him to the president and CEO position last month,
 Franklin had served as president and chief operating officer of Southern
 Company since 1999.  From 1994 to 1999, Franklin was president and CEO of
 Georgia Power, Southern Company's largest subsidiary.
     Franklin joined Southern Company Services in 1970 as an engineer and
 gained experience in several engineering and management positions at SCS and
 Alabama Power before being named senior vice president of Alabama Power in
 1981.  He returned to SCS in 1983 as executive vice president and was named
 president and CEO of that subsidiary in 1988.
     Franklin, regarded as one of the industry's most respected leaders, is
 chairman of Edison Electric Institute's CEO Steering Committee on Strategic
 Issues.  He serves as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  He
 is immediate past president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and immediate
 past chairman of Central Atlanta Progress.  He is a director on several
 boards, including: the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; the
 Georgia Department of Industry Trade and Tourism; and the national board of
 the National Wild Turkey Federation.
     Southern Company is a super-regional energy company with more than 32,000
 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Southeast.  It is one of the
 largest producers of electricity in the U.S.  Southern Company is the parent
 firm of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Savannah
 Electric, Southern Nuclear, Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing,
 Southern Company Energy Solutions, Southern LINC and Southern Telecom.
 Southern Company brands are synonymous with excellent customer service, high
 reliability, and prices that are 15 percent below the national average.
 
 

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    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Southern
 Company (NYSE:   SO) has elected President and Chief Executive Officer Allen
 Franklin as its chairman.  Franklin replaces retiring Chairman A.W. "Bill"
 Dahlberg as the board's new leader.
     Franklin, 56, will hold the titles of chairman, president and CEO.  Prior
 to the board electing him to the president and CEO position last month,
 Franklin had served as president and chief operating officer of Southern
 Company since 1999.  From 1994 to 1999, Franklin was president and CEO of
 Georgia Power, Southern Company's largest subsidiary.
     Franklin joined Southern Company Services in 1970 as an engineer and
 gained experience in several engineering and management positions at SCS and
 Alabama Power before being named senior vice president of Alabama Power in
 1981.  He returned to SCS in 1983 as executive vice president and was named
 president and CEO of that subsidiary in 1988.
     Franklin, regarded as one of the industry's most respected leaders, is
 chairman of Edison Electric Institute's CEO Steering Committee on Strategic
 Issues.  He serves as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  He
 is immediate past president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and immediate
 past chairman of Central Atlanta Progress.  He is a director on several
 boards, including: the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; the
 Georgia Department of Industry Trade and Tourism; and the national board of
 the National Wild Turkey Federation.
     Southern Company is a super-regional energy company with more than 32,000
 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Southeast.  It is one of the
 largest producers of electricity in the U.S.  Southern Company is the parent
 firm of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Savannah
 Electric, Southern Nuclear, Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing,
 Southern Company Energy Solutions, Southern LINC and Southern Telecom.
 Southern Company brands are synonymous with excellent customer service, high
 reliability, and prices that are 15 percent below the national average.
 
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