Thomas A. (Tom) Fanning
Chairman, President, CEO, The Southern Company
Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute
Thomas A. (Tom) Fanning has been chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company since 2010. Under Fanning’s leadership, Southern Company is focused on continually finding better ways to serve customers and communities with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.
With more than 35 years of experience at Southern Company, Fanning also serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and holds senior positions in numerous business and public policy organizations, making him an internationally respected voice on issues ranging from energy innovation and economic growth to cybersecurity.
Fanning is a passionate proponent of a common-sense national energy policy based on developing the full portfolio of energy resources. As such, Southern Company is the only U.S. energy provider investing in nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency. Through its subsidiaries, Southern Company is leading America’s nuclear renaissance by constructing two state-of-the-art units in Georgia, building an innovative coal gasification facility in Mississippi and has added or announced more than 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy since 2012. Following the completion of its merger with Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources), in July 2016, Southern Company now serves 9 million electric and gas utility customers across the United States.
Building on a legacy of robust, proprietary research and development, Fanning also has challenged Southern Company’s 32,500 employees to build the future of energy and develop real solutions that improve peoples’ lives.
Fanning says of Southern Company’s mission: “In everything we do, our goal is to provide people with ways to better meet their economic challenges, build better communities and seek a better future for their children.”