Tom Fanning Elected Chairman of Edison Electric Institute

Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Southern Company, was elected chairman of the board of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Chicago on June 14th.  EEI is the national association of investor-owned electric companies, international electric companies, and industry associates worldwide.

Tom Fanning became chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company in 2010. Fanning has worked for Southern Company for more than 35 years and has held 15 different positions in eight different business units. Previously, Fanning served as COO and CFO of Southern Company, as well as president and CEO of Gulf Power.

Fanning serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and is on the Georgia Tech College of Management advisory board, the board of trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations board of directors, and the World Association of Nuclear Operators - Atlanta Centre governing board. He serves on the board of directors for Vulcan Materials Company and is a member of the Business Roundtable. Fanning also is a co-chair of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and a member of the international advisory board of the Atlantic Council, which promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs.

Fanning earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial management, and was also awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy degree, from Georgia Tech. His executive education includes programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Harvard University School of Business, and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.


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