Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Elected by the board of directors in July 2010, Fanning became president of Southern Company in August 2010 and assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO and chairman in December 2010.
Fanning has worked for Southern Company for 30 years and was most recently chief operating officer, where he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and the company’s competitive generation business units. Fanning was also responsible for leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy and also served as a director of Southern Nuclear.
Fanning has also served as the company’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. In this role, he also served as the chief risk officer and had responsibility for corporate strategy. Prior to assuming the role of chief financial officer, Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power.
During his career, Fanning has held numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology.
While at Gulf Power, Fanning was active in the state arena. He worked closely with Governor Jeb Bush to develop state government policy, served on the Governor’s Transition Policy Team, and in 2003 was appointed by Governor Bush to co-chair the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Advisory Committee.
Fanning serves on the board of directors for The St. Joe Company, one of Florida’s largest real estate companies, as well as on the Georgia Tech College of Management Advisory Board. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable.
Fanning earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial management from Georgia Institute of Technology. His executive education includes programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, Harvard University School of Business and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
A resident of Atlanta for more than 39 years, Fanning was born in Morristown, New Jersey. He and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of two sons – Matt and Brad.