Ed Holland is executive vice president external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer. Prior to assuming his current position in May 2001, he was president and chief executive officer of Savannah Electric from July 1997 – April 2001. (Savannah Electric was merged into Georgia Power in July, 2007.)
Mr. Holland joined Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power in 1992, as vice president and corporate counsel, and served concurrently as Southern Company system compliance officer until 1995. He then was named Gulf Power’s vice president of Power Generation/Transmission, a position he held along with corporate counsel until 1997. Prior to joining Gulf Power, Mr. Holland was a partner in the law firm of Beggs & Lane, where he served as general counsel to Gulf Power.
Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., Mr. Holland received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the boards of directors of First Chatham Bank Financial Corporation, Georgia Appleseed, Georgia Aquarium, and Southern Golf Association.
Mr. Holland currently chairs the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee and is a member of the association’s Electricity Committee of the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association.