Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), has named Craig Barrs as executive vice president of the company's customer service and operations organization. Barrs replaces Anthony Wilson, who recently accepted the role of executive vice president of operations at Georgia Power's sister company, Mississippi Power.
Additionally, Chris Cummiskey has been elected by the company's board of directors to succeed Barrs as executive vice president of Georgia Power's external affairs organization. Barrs and Cummiskey will assume their new roles effective May 9.
In his new position, Barrs will lead Georgia Power's customer service efforts for 2.4 million customers and oversee the construction, design and maintenance of the company's electric system, as well as direct region operations and corporate services.
Since joining Georgia Power in 1981, Barrs has held multiple leadership roles throughout the company, including vice president of Community & Economic Development and Governmental Affairs, as well as president and CEO of Savannah Electric, prior to that company's merger with Georgia Power.
Cummiskey joins Georgia Power from Southern Power, a Southern Company subsidiary that provides wholesale energy across the United States. At Southern Power, Cummiskey served as chief commercial officer and led the expansion of wholesale marketing activities, including business development, acquisitions and asset management. Previously, Cummiskey served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
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