G. Edison (Ed) Holland Jr. became president and CEO of Southern Company Holdings and executive vice president of Southern Company Services on Jan. 1, 2016.
He continues to serve as chairman of Mississippi Power, with a focus on the completion of the Kemper County energy facility.
Prior to his current roles, Holland served as president, CEO and chairman of Mississippi Power from May 2013 to October 2015. He continued serving as CEO and chairman of Mississippi Power until Jan. 1, 2016, as part of a leadership transition plan.
Previously, Holland served as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Southern Company. He also served as the company's chief compliance officer.
Holland also served as president and chief executive officer of Savannah Electric from July 1997 to April 2001. (Savannah Electric was merged into Georgia Power in July 2007.)
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 and transmission, a position he held along with corporate counsel until 1997.
Prior to joining Gulf Power, 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., 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 board of directors of the Georgia Aquarium and is a member and current chairman of Energy Insurance Mutual.
Holland is a member and former chairman of the Edison Electric Institute's Legal Committee, is a former director of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Electricity Committee of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is a United Way de Tocqueville Society member.
Holland and his wife Betsy have two daughters, Laura and Caroline. His hobbies include golf, boating and hunting.