Group CEO, Southern Energy Resources Group
Southern Company, PowerSecure
Chris Cummiskey serves as Group CEO for Southern Energy Resources and executive vice president of Southern Company Services Commercial Development. In his role as Group CEO, he oversees Southern Power, PowerSecure and Southern Holdings where he is responsible for Southern Company’s competitive power businesses, including a growing Energy Services business. As CEO of Southern Holdings, Cummiskey is also responsible for Southern Company’s strategic and venture capital investment activities.
Cummiskey was previously executive vice president of external affairs and nuclear development for Georgia Power, also a Southern Company subsidiary, where he led the company’s policies and activities in community and economic development, corporate communication, environmental affairs, governmental and regulatory affairs, land management, pricing and planning and nuclear development. He also worked closely with the company’s region officers, who are responsible for managing Georgia Power’s field operations.
He also previously served as chief commercial officer of Southern Power. In this role, he led the expansion of wholesale marketing activities, including business development, acquisitions and asset management for Southern Power.
From 2011 to 2013, Cummiskey served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), where he led more than 500 company locations or expansions in Georgia, creating 46,700 jobs and nearly $9 billion in capital investment. Under his leadership, the tourism industry also registered $49 billion in total economic impact in Georgia in 2011, and the impact of the film industry reached a new record at $3.1 billion in the state in 2012. Prior to joining GDEcD, Cummiskey was a manager and director of energy and gas derivatives trading for companies including RWE Americas, Mirant and Mieco. He also served as a state director for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chief of staff for the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and director of state relations for the University of Georgia.
Cummiskey currently serves on three boards for the University of Georgia, including the Research Foundation board of directors, the Honor’s Program advisory board and the Athletics board of directors. He also served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Cummiskey earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Atlanta with their two children, Addison and Jack.