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Chris Womack is Executive Vice President and President of External Affairs for Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. In this role, he directs the company’s public policy strategies and oversees the company’s federal and state governmental and regulatory affairs and corporate communication initiatives.
Prior to joining Southern Company, Womack worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide to Leon Panetta and as staff director for the Subcommittee on Personnel and Police, for the Committee on House Administration. He has received numerous honors, including the Johnny Morrow Endowment Foundation “Man of the Year” (1996); SCLC Leadership Award (1998); Distinguished Alumni, Western Michigan University (2003); Black Enterprise 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America (2012) and Black Enterprise Magazine’s 75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America (2005). He also received the Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Award for Public Service (2007); the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (2010); and the Black Enterprise/Porsche Intelligent Performers Award (2010) and the National Award of Merit from Alpha Phi Alpha (2011).
Outside of his career, he is an active civic leader, serving as a board member of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the East Lake Foundation, the Atlanta History Center, Western Michigan University Foundation and chairs the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A native of Greenville, Alabama, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The American University. He completed the Stanford Executive Program in 2001.