Southern Power Appoints Trawick as COO, Promotes Pemberton to CAO

Southern Company announced executive leadership changes involving several of its subsidiaries, effective July 30.

John G. Trawick has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for subsidiary Southern Power. Trawick was formerly senior vice president of commercial operations and planning for Southern Company Services. In this role, Trawick will lead the operations of Southern Power’s expanding electric generation fleet, as well as project development and construction, and asset optimization. 

John L. Pemberton has been named senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Southern Power. Pemberton was formerly senior vice president and senior production officer for subsidiary Georgia Power. In this position, Pemberton will work closely with the Southern Company system legal organization. His additional responsibilities will include contract compliance, environmental compliance, communications, real estate and coordinating with system federal policy efforts.

“As Southern Company creates the future of energy, we are drawing from the system’s exceptional leadership bench strength to support Southern Power’s rapid growth,” said Southern Power President and CEO Joseph A. “Buzz” Miller. “John Trawick and John Pemberton will deliver immediate value as members of Southern Power’s executive team.”

Theodore “Ted” J. McCullough will assume Pemberton’s senior production officer responsibilities for Georgia Power’s 17,500 megawatts of natural gas, coal and hydro generation. McCullough is the current senior vice president and chief production officer for Southern Company Services. McCullough takes on this role in addition to his current duties, which include overseeing the operation of the Southern Company system’s fossil, hydro and renewable generation assets. 

“Over the years, John Pemberton’s leadership has steadily guided Georgia Power’s fleet through significant changes in our generation mix,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Ted’s operations expertise and broad understanding of our business ensures Georgia Power’s generation fleet will continue to evolve, including more renewable projects, working with our partners across the system to provide our customers with safe, reliable and affordable energy today and into the future.”

Currently Southern Company Services’ senior vice president of commercial operations and planning, Trawick began his career as a senior consultant with J. Kennedy and Associates in Atlanta, before joining Southern Energy Inc. in 1996 and serving as director of market affairs for Mirant Corp. He later transitioned to Southern Company as manager of portfolio management and served in a variety of roles, including director of strategic and corporate affairs for Southern Power.

In 2008, he joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as vice president of strategy, pricing and contracts before returning to Southern Company in 2013. Trawick graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and earned a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Tennessee. He serves on the leadership council of the College of Science and Mathematics at Auburn University.

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