Southern Co. announces executive management changes

Southern Co. CEO Thomas A. Fanning announced two changes to the company’s executive management team.

Bryan D. Anderson, vice president of governmental affairs for Southern Co., has been elevated to senior vice president of governmental affairs. In this role, Anderson will continue managing Southern Co.‘s Washington, D.C., office and directing the company’s political, policy and regulatory activities. His new role takes effect immediately.

“In his more than two decades in Washington, Bryan has earned a reputation as a preeminent voice in the public policy arena and a tireless advocate for customers,” said Fanning. “His ability to build broad consensus around real solutions to complex issues serves Southern Co. and our customers well.”

Christina H. “Christy” Ihrig, currently director of corporate communication for unit Mississippi Power, has been named vice president of corporate communication for Southern Co. In her new role, Ihrig will lead all aspects of external and internal communication strategy for Southern Co. Ihrig will assume her new position Jan. 1.

“Christy has the strategic vision needed to communicate the superior value that Southern Co. and its subsidiaries provide to customers and shareholders,” said Fanning. “As the industry adapts to new innovations, a changing regulatory environment and evolving customer expectations, Christy has the proven ability to play offense and build on Southern Co.’s position as an industry leader.”

Anderson, 48, joined Southern Co. in 2010. Immediately prior to that, he served as The Coca-Cola Co.’s vice president of government relations and public affairs. In that role, he was the company’s primary representative to the White House, Congress, federal agencies, trade associations and major coalitions on U.S. public policy issues. He also oversaw strategic planning, budget development and administration for the company’s Washington office. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Co., Anderson served in the law offices of Sumner and Hewes in Atlanta and O’Connor and Hannan in Washington.

Ihrig, 41, joined Southern Co. in 1998 and has held leadership roles at Southern Co. and subsidiaries Mississippi Power, Georgia Power and Southern Co. Energy Marketing in media relations, executive and investor communications, external affairs and issues management. Ihrig previously worked in communication roles for Sempra Energy and its regulated utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co., as well as Sharp HealthCare. She began her career at Emory Healthcare.

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