ATLANTA—Southern Company has named Christopher Womack executive vice president of the company and president of external affairs. In his new role, Womack will oversee the company's federal and state affairs and corporate communication initiatives.
According to chairman, president and CEO David Ratcliffe, “Not only are we embarking on the most extensive capital expenditure program in our history, but we are doing so in a rapidly evolving legislative and regulatory environment. With his extensive experience across all aspects of our business, Chris is well- positioned to lead Southern Company's efforts in the external affairs arena during this crucial time."
Womack currently serves as executive vice president, external affairs for Georgia Power, where he leads and directs the policies and activities of governmental and regulatory affairs, environmental affairs, land, diversity, corporate communication and economic development. Prior to that position, Womack served as senior vice president and senior production officer for Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for coal, gas and hydro generation for Georgia Power and the former Savannah Electric.
He joined the Southern Company system in 1988 as a governmental affairs representative at Alabama Power. Earlier, he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide to Leon Panetta and as staff director for the subcommittee on personnel and police, for the committee on House administration.