David Ratcliffe

Past Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Company

David Ratcliffe is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, parent of four utility operating companies — Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Mississippi Power and Gulf Power and one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Having worked with Southern Company and its subsidiaries since 1971, Ratcliffe became president, CEO and chairman of Southern Company in 2004. In addition to the Smart Wires Advisory Board, he currently serves on the boards of the CDC Foundation, CSX Transportation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, SunTrust and Urjanet and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association. Ratcliffe received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Valdosta State University and a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.