Tom Fanning

Chairman, President, and CEO, Southern Company (Festival Underwriter)

Tom Fanning is chairman, president, and CEO of Southern Company, one of the largest energy providers in the United States with over nine million customers in 19 states. During his 36-plus-year career at Southern Company, Fanning has held 15 different positions, including COO, CFO, and CIO. He is a strong advocate for a commonsense national energy policy that embraces energy’s potential to drive economic growth and improve the lives of Americans. Fanning serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, is a member of the American Energy Innovation Council, and co-chairs the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, an industry-government partnership working to prepare infrastructure for cyber and physical threats.

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Cybersecurity is increasingly a major concern of modern life, coloring everything from the way we vote to the way we... See more
Long-range forces are changing the nature of work and how jobs will be created; they are also changing what kinds of... See more
In an age of cyber warfare, where weapons are simply Internet-connected devices, are we prepared to face the evolving... See more
The private sector is an important source of innovation, jobs and economic security. What role can and should business... See more
Key economic indicators suggest that the US Economy has recovered from the global recession. However, we have seen slow... See more
Tom Fanning runs one of the country's largest energy companies, with a broad portfolio that includes natural gas,... See more