Alabama Power's Charles McCrary to retire, Mark Crosswhite elected as new CEO

Alabama Power CEO Charles McCrary, left, will be retire March 1 and be replaced by Mark Crosswhite, right.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama Power, one of the state's largest companies and most important utilities, will have a new leader next month as a new CEO has been elected to replace Charles McCrary, who is set to retire after nearly 13 years at the helm.

Mark A. Crosswhite, who practiced energy law for 17 years as a partner in the Birmingham law firm of Balch & Bingham LLC before joining Southern Company in 2004 as senior vice president, will take over as CEO and President of Alabama Power effective March 1. The company's board of directors elected him to the position Tuesday.

"It is an honor to rejoin the ranks of the 6,700 employees of Alabama Power who, for more than a century, have been dedicated to serving communities across our state," Crosswhite said.

Since 2010, Crosswhite has served as CEO of the Florida-based utility Gulf Power and most recently as the COO of Southern Company, Alabama Power's parent company.

McCrary will remain chairman of the board until May 1, when Crosswhite will assume the role.

Alabama Power provides electricity to over 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the state.