Southern Company names new board of director

Southern Co. names new CIO

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has named John D. Johns to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Currently, Johns serves as the chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Protective Life Corp. Before his tenure at Protective, he served as general counsel of Sonat Inc., a diversified energy company involved in domestic oil and natural gas exploration, transmission and storage of natural gas, and natural gas and electric power marketing and generation.

Johns earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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