ATLANTA, Aug. 2, 2002 — Jim Sykes has been elected as Region Distribution Vice President for the Western Region, which includes four geographic areas. Sykes replaces Richard Holmes who was recently named VP of Corporate Services.
“Jim’s 29 years of experience in the company combined with his proven leadership abilities make him a valuable part of the leadership team,” said Mickey Brown, Sr. Vice President of Distribution. “Jim has an outstanding reputation of building quality relationships both inside and outside the company and has a proven track record of providing business results.”
As a vice president of Region Distribution, Sykes will supervise the region operations in an area that stretches from Atlanta, north to Cobb and Cherokee counties, west to the Alabama border and south through Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties to the Columbus area. The Western Region has approximately 625,000 customers in it. The Region operations provide the first line of customer service to include connecting the customers, bill payment, constructing and maintaining the distribution system, restoring power, and carrying out the company motto of “A Citizen Wherever We Serve.”
Sykes, 51, has held a number of leadership positions at Georgia Power, most recently as the Region Distribution Manager for the Metro South Region, headquartered in Jonesboro. He has held similar positions in Rome and Statesboro, as well as a number of Sales and Marketing positions.
He has been involved in community activities in the various communities that he has served to include being a board member of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of the YMCA and the United Way in Rome, Board Member of the Floyd College Foundation, and numerous other activities.
He is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
He and his wife Dottie, have two children and two grandchildren.
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility, serving customers in 57,000 of the state’s 59,000 square miles. Georgia Power’s rates are more than 15 percent below the national average and its 2 million customers are in all but six of Georgia’s 159 counties.