Paul Bowers was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective 2011. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy providers.
Paul joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries.
Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.
In 1998, Paul was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity LLC (Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary), which he later transformed into Western Power Distribution (WPD), a distribution network company. In 2001, he was elected president of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for the company’s overall operational activities. He also served as CEO of Southern Power.
Paul serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd. (2018 chairman), Nuclear Energy Institute, AFLAC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation (2015-2018 chairman), Atlanta Committee for Progress (2016 chairman), Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (2013 chairman), Georgia Chamber of Commerce (2015 chairman), Georgia Research Alliance, and the Georgia Ports Authority. He is curator for the Georgia Historical Society. Paul is a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
For his professional achievements and his commitment to the well-being of the citizens of Georgia, Paul has received the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. In 2018, Bowers was inducted as a Georgia Trustee by the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society for exemplifying the highest standard of “Not for Self, but for Others” in his life and career.
A Pensacola, Fla., native, Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree from Troy University. He is also a Harvard Business School AMP graduate.
Becky Blalock is the Managing Partner at Advisory Capital; a strategic consulting firm providing expertise to companies involved in the energy and information technology industries. In this role, she is an advisor to Tech Mahindra, a global IT sourcing company. She is known as a thought leader in numerous industries and serves on the board of two public companies, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure and Aspen Aerogels. She has written a bestselling book titled DARE, Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge published by Wiley, October 2013. She has been widely quoted in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, Forbes Magazine and many others.
As former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southern Company, Blalock spent nearly a decade directing IT strategy and operations for the 3rd largest utility company in the world. Blalock has testified before the DOE and FCC on behalf of the utility industry regarding matters related to information technology, cyber security, and telecommunications. Under her leadership, Southern Company was recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld magazine. In addition to her work in information technology, Blalock spent over two decades serving Southern Company in leadership positions including accounting, corporate communications, customer service, economic development, external affairs, finance, and marketing.
Becky is a Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Foundation and serves on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center. She serves on the advisory board of Sol America. She is a member of the board visitors of the business school at Mercer University, serves on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. Becky was recently listed in Financial Times Agenda 50 as a Board Candidate with skills in new technologies and was named one of the 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017 by INC magazine.
She has received a host of distinctions; Computerworld magazine named her a Premier IT Leader and she was named CIO of the Year in the energy industry by Energy Biz magazine. She was given the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia CIO Leadership Association and the Legacy Award from Women in Technology. The Atlanta Women’s foundation honored her with their Shining Star Award for her work on behalf of Women and Children.
Blalock successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree with honors in finance from Mercer University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia. In March 2017, Blalock completed the Cyber Security Certification program at Georgia Tech.