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Southern Company names new board of director

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has announced the election of Larry D. Thompson to its board of directors, effective Dec. 1, 2014.

Thompson previously served as the executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of PepsiCo, Inc. until his retirement, effective at the end of the year. He also served on the Southern Company’s board of directors from 2010 to 2012. Prior to PepsiCo, Thompson served as the U.S. Department of Justice as deputy attorney general and led the department’s National Security Coordination Council. In 2002, President George W. Bush named Thompson to head the Corporate Fraud Task Force, where he led the Justice Department’s investigation into Enron.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton College, a Master of Arts from Michigan State University and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan.

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