Executive Insight, Generation

Southern Co. announces management changes

Southern Co. chairman, president and CEO Thomas A. Fanning announced a number of changes within the company’s management.

Theodore J. McCullough will become executive vice president of engineering and construction services for Southern Co. operations. He will assume the role vacated by Penny M. Manuel, who has announced her plans to retire.

James P. Heilbron will replace McCullough as senior vice president and senior production officer of Alabama Power.

Dana P. Claburn will replace Heilbron as senior vice president and senior production officer of Southern Power.

Manuel joined Southern Co. in 1982 as a co-op student in fossil generation. She has held positions in maintenance, planning, engineering and fuel handling for various Alabama Power generating plants, until she moved into senior management and executive positions, managing generation assets.

In 2005, Manuel was named vice president and senior production officer of Gulf Power. In 2007, she became vice president of technical services, and she moved into her current position in 2010. Manuel was the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Award from the Engineering Council of Birmingham. In 2011, she was chosen as one of UAB’s “40 Engineers Making a Difference.”

McCullough, 49, is senior vice president and senior production officer of Alabama Power, a Southern Co. unit that provides electricity and energy services to 1.4 million customers in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

As executive vice president of engineering and construction Services, he will direct the nearly 1,600 employees responsible for new generation and environmental strategy development, major project design and construction execution, technology due diligence and O&M support.

McCullough joined Southern Co. in 1987. He has held leadership positions at coal-fired, gas-fired and hydroelectric power plants in Georgia and Alabama, and also served as vice president and senior production officer of Gulf Power. A registered professional engineer, McCullough holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in business administration from Auburn University.

Heilbron, 41, is senior vice president and senior production officer of Southern Power, the unit of Southern Co. that acquires, builds, manages and owns generation assets that have been constructed for the wholesale market. As senior vice president and senior production officer of Alabama Power, he will oversee the utility’s power generation functions.

Heilbron joined unit Georgia Power as a plant engineer in 1998 after having worked at Milliken & Co. Since joining the Co., he has worked as a plant manager and in maintenance, operations and large project management. Heilbron is a graduate of Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering. He completed a master’s in business administration at Emory University.

Claburn, 47, is director of human resources for Southern Co. Operations. In her new role, she will oversee the operations of unit Southern Power’s more than 8,600 MW of electric power generation with facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas, and with an additional 30 MW under construction in Nevada.

Claburn joined Southern Co. in 1987 as a student engineer in Oneonta, Ala. After graduation, she spent two and a half years at NASA in Huntsville, Ala., before rejoining Southern Co. as an engineer. Since returning to the Co., she has worked in engineering and construction services, system planning, plant management, fuel services and human resources. Claburn holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and a master’s in business administration from Samford University.