David Cox is vice president of technology of Southern Company, one of America’s most respected companies and a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy. Cox leads more than 250 experts in information technology (IT) strategy, development, operations and delivery supporting four electric subsidiaries including Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Mississippi Power, along with Southern Nuclear and Southern Power. Cox has spent 24 years in the utility business and 16 years leading complex technology organizations. He has held numerous roles in the services function and operating company subsidiaries – supporting both regulated and unregulated utility businesses. He most recently served as the vice president of Alabama Power Company and Southern Company chief information officer where he was instrumental in implementing a customer modernization strategy for Southern Company and a fiber modernization strategy for Alabama Power.
Cox has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Technology for Generation & Transmission, and Director of Technology for Nuclear.
There he provided leadership in implementing a fleet-wide nuclear work management system, a first of its kind energy auction, the FERC separation protocol, a wholesale billing systems strategy, and a Generation technology construction program.
Cox formerly served as executive sponsor for United Way of Central Alabama. He currently serves on the Alabama TechBridge advisory board, and is an active member of the Alabama CIO leadership association. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Samford University, and a master of business administration degree from Auburn University. He is a graduate of the Emory Managerial Leadership Program and the Center for Creative Leadership.
With more than 9 million customers and approximately 52,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. Southern Company has also been recognized as one of the 100 “Best Places to Work in IT” by IDG’s Computerworld for nine consecutive years and top 50 companies for Diversity by DiversityInc. for 2017.
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