Chris Womack, currently president, assumes the roles of chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective June 1.
Womack succeeds Paul Bowers, whose retirement is also effective June 1. Bowers has led Georgia Power for more than a decade.
“As I shared eight months ago when I came back to Georgia Power, it is an exciting time to be a part of this company. We’re not only making history as we move closer to bringing online the first new nuclear units in the U.S. in decades, we’re also growing and evolving as a company,” said Womack. “We’re focused on finding new, innovative ideas and energy solutions that we believe will help build a sustainable energy future for our state and bring incredible value to our customers. Our company has a legacy of providing world class customer service and reliability to Georgians, and we are committed to continuing that great work.”
“Furthermore, our company, our communities and our country are all engaged in important work around social justice and racial equity. We will continue to stand together with our neighbors to address these issues because we want to be a part of shaping a future where all Georgians can thrive. Every day our team works to be a positive force in our communities in so many ways, whether it’s financial investments or volunteerism, because we believe that together we can make a bigger impact. I’m excited to see us continue and grow those efforts.”
The announcement comes as the company is poised to make history with the first new units in the U.S. in decades at the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear expansion project. The new units will be a reliable, carbon-free energy source for the next 60 to 80 years and an essential part of supporting Southern Company’s, Georgia Power’s parent company, goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company also continues to invest in a diverse generation fleet, helping solidify a sustainable energy future for Georgia. It expects to grow its renewable generation by more than 72% by 2025 – increasing its total renewable capacity to 22%.
“I am supremely confident Chris is the type of extraordinary person to lead Georgia Power,” said Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. “His depth of experience across our system, the energy industry as a whole, and his record of public service within Atlanta, the state of Georgia, the entire Southeast and nationally will prove to be incredibly valuable as Georgia Power continues to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for millions of Georgians. I look forward to working with Chris as he bolsters Georgia Power’s great legacy of service and citizenship.”
Womack joined Southern Company in 1988 and has held several leadership positions within the company and its subsidiaries, serving as executive vice president of external affairs at Georgia Power and senior vice president and senior production officer of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for coal, gas and hydro generation for Georgia Power and Savannah Electric. Georgia Power owns 17 hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of just over 1,100 MW.
Before being named president of Georgia Power, he served as executive vice president and president of external affairs for Southern Company since 2009. Womack has also served as senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer at Southern Company, as well as senior vice president of public relations and corporate services at Alabama Power.
Womack holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from The American University. He completed the Stanford Executive Program and is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2000 and the Leadership Birmingham class of 1990.