Mark Crosswhite | Alabama Power

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Mark Crosswhite serves as president and CEO of Alabama Power.


Mark Crosswhite

Mark Crosswhite is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company, which provides electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state.

Before taking the helm at Alabama Power, Crosswhite served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Company, Alabama Power’s parent company. He was responsible for Southern Company’s Operations organization, which includes Generation, Transmission, Engineering and Construction Services, System Planning, Research and Environmental Affairs, Fleet Operations, and Trading. Crosswhite also was responsible for Southern Power, which provides energy to municipalities, electric cooperatives, and investor-owned utilities.

Crosswhite started at Southern Company in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Generation. Prior to that, he represented the company in private practice for 17 years in a wide variety of energy and regulatory matters.

In 2006, Crosswhite joined Alabama Power as senior vice president and counsel, where he oversaw the company’s legal matters. In 2008, he was named executive vice president for External Affairs, where he directed Regulatory Affairs, Economic and Community Development, Public Relations, Environmental Affairs, and Governmental Affairs. In 2011, Crosswhite became president and chief executive officer of Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary based in Pensacola, Fla.

Crosswhite is chairman of the board of both the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and the United Way of Central Alabama. He serves on numerous corporate, civic, and nonprofit boards, including the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Business Alliance, Business Council of Alabama, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., Southern Research, the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, and Leadership Birmingham. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the Freshwater Land Trust and is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the University of Alabama.

Crosswhite is a native of Decatur, Ala. His family has deep roots in the state, dating to the early 19th century. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Crosswhite and his wife, Jane Emily, have two sons.


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Crosswhite’s father was a rocket scientist for the U.S. Army and his mother was a schoolteacher.