Chapter Founder

AABE Savannah Chapter Founder

Anthony R. James

Before his retirement on April 1, 2008, Anthony R. James was the Executive Vice President of Southern Company and President of the Shared Services Group, overseeing centralized corporate functions. He grew up in Lake Alfred, Florida, and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Degree in Electrical Engineering. James began his professional career as an electrical and instrumentation manager, a production department manager, and a resident engineer for Procter and Gamble. In 1978 he joined the Southern Company as a safety and health supervisor for Georgia Power.

Anthony R. James held several progressive positions in the areas of power generation, employee benefits and wholesale power marketing. He joined Savannah Electric in 2000 as Vice President of Power Generation and Senior Production Officer, while concurrently holding a dual appointment with Georgia Power. In this capacity, he managed eight power generation facilities, ranging from one of America’s largest coal-fired plants to a combustion turbine peaking plant located inside a major U.S. defense facility. One year later, James was named president and CEO of Savannah Electric and served in that capacity until 2005.

In 2004, James was selected as “Black Engineer of the Year” by U.S. Black Engineer Magazine and Career Communications. He was recognized by the same organization as one of the “100 Most Important Blacks in Technology” in both 2005 and 2006. He is co-author of the 2005 book, The Shoulders of Giants, with Ken Chapman.

Anthony is a board member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Founder of the AABE Savannah Chapter in 2002, the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program Advisory Board, the Savannah State Presidential Advisory Board, and 100 Black Men of Savannah.

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