GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power has a new leader. The company's board of directors elected G. Edison Holland president and CEO, and the change is effective immediately.
Holland will be responsible for the operations of Mississippi Power, including overseeing the continued construction of the Kemper County energy facility.
"I am committed to the customers and communities we serve," Holland said. "We will work diligently to ensure that we complete the major projects that are underway and continue to deliver the most efficient, reliable and affordable energy to our customers.
"I look forward to working with all of the dedicated employees of Mississippi Power, many with whom I have worked with during my years at Southern Company. We also have a tremendous retiree base in the area and I look forward to seeking their counsel as I move into this role."
Holland was formerly the CEO of Savannah Electric and the vice president of power generation and transmission with Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary. He also has led the Governmental Affairs, Transmission, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Information Technology organizations since he joined the company in 1992. Holland most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for Southern Company.
"Mississippi Power is getting a highly regarded, experienced leader in Ed Holland," said Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Company chairman, president and chief executive officer. "He brings a strong combination of judgment and vision to the role that will propel the company forward. Ed will be engaged in the region and work to strengthen the communities we serve."
Holland is replacing Ed Day who plans to retire.
"Ed Day is a dedicated leader who has had many accomplishments spanning his 30-year career with Southern Company and we wish him well," Fanning said. "It's always tough when lifelong employees choose to move on, but we wish Ed the best in his retirement. He has passed the reins to the right person to lead Mississippi Power."