Paul Bowers was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective Dec. 31, 2010. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity. Bowers joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries. Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors Magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.
In 1998, Bowers was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity plc, Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary. From 2001 to 2008, he served as president of Southern Company Generation (which is currently titled Chief Operations Officer), where he was responsible for the company’s overall operational activities, as well as CEO of Southern Power.
Bowers serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd., AFLAC, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Historical Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is the 2015 chair-elect of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and vice chair of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Bowers is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council and a trustee for The Woodruff Arts Center. He is the past chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
A Pensacola, Fla., native, Bowers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in management from Troy University. He is also a Harvard Business School Advanced Management graduate.