Sept. 12, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced that
has been named chief commercial officer of subsidiary Southern Power, effective
. In this role, Cummiskey will lead the expansion of wholesale marketing activities, including business development, acquisitions and asset management for Southern Power.
Cummiskey is currently the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). He has served in this role since
, leading the state agency responsible for bringing jobs and investment to
through global commerce, entertainment and tourism. Cummiskey previously worked for Southern Company, serving as an energy trader from 1996 to 1999.
"Chris is a proven leader whose understanding of the issues and customer-focused mindset will help ensure Southern Power's continued success," said Southern Power Chief Executive Officer
Oscar C. Harper
. "His experience in growing business in
, coupled with his background in energy and gas, makes him uniquely suited for this position. We are pleased to welcome Chris back to the Southern Company system."
During Cummiskey's tenure at GDEcD, his team led more than 500 company locations or expansions in
, creating more than 46,700 jobs and
in investment. Two of the most recent projects include Baxter International and Caterpillar, Inc., which together account for
in investment and 3,200 new jobs.
Under Cummiskey's leadership, the tourism industry registered
in total economic impact during 2011 and the impact of the film industry reached a new record at
Prior to joining GDEcD, Cummiskey was a manager and director of energy and gas derivatives trading for companies including RWE Americas, Mirant and Mieco. He also served as a state director for U.S. Sen.
, chief of staff for former Georgia House Speaker
, and director of state relations for the
University of Georgia
Cummiskey, 39, is a graduate of the
University of Georgia
, where he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider, meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own and operate 15 facilities in eight states, with more than 8,700 MW of generating capacity operating or under construction in
With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity,
-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and
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SOURCE Southern Company