A Visionary Leader in the Electric Utility Industry
Inducted in 1999
It is no small journey from boyhood in the small community of Corner, Alabama, to leadership in the American electric utility industry. Allen Franklin has made that journey, and the families and businesses of the South are the beneficiaries. Mr. Franklin, the president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power Company since 1993, has provided innovative leadership to the electric utility industry at both the technical and managerial levels. Under his leadership, Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of the Southern Company, continues to be one of the most admired electric utilities in the country.
Mr. Franklin completed work for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at The University of Alabama and received a master of science degree in electrical engineering from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. A registered professional engineer, he is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program.
In 1970, Mr. Franklin began his career at Southern Company Services (SCS), following his first professional experiences, which were with
Pratt Whitney Aircraft in Florida and Connecti-cut and with Federal Electric Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. After nearly a decade of fast-paced achievement as an engineer and manager for SCS, Mr. Franklin joined Alabama Power Company in 1979 as assistant to the
executive vice president. By 1981, he was named the company’s senior vice president with responsibility for environmental affairs, systems planning and operations, and fuel procurement.
Mr. Franklin’s return to SCS in 1983 was a decisive moment for that firm. Mr. Franklin provided leadership as executive vice president, initially, and then in 1988 he was appointed president and chief executive officer. He was simultaneously named to the board of directors of the Southern Company.
That is something of Mr. Franklin’s professional past. His eye, however, is on the future of his industry, and his observations are actively sought by the nation’s leaders. He has been instrumental in providing leadership in the national debates on the restructuring of the electric utility industry. Additionally, he has been asked to testify before Congressional committees on behalf of the industry on more than one occasion. Mr. Franklin serves the industry further as chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s CEO Steering Committee on Industry Structure. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Similarly active in community affairs, Mr. Franklin has lent his influence and determination to the work of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Area Inc. He is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Atlanta, the Carter Center, Clark Atlanta University, and other civic organizations. He is the current president of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Franklin is married to the former Brenda Bagwell, and they are the parents of two children, Jeffrey and Molly.