Christopher C. Collier of Southern Company recently appointed to INROADS National Board of Directors

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 3, 2017 — Christopher C. Collier has been recently appointed to INROADS, Inc.’s National Board of Directors. INROADS is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry, and preparing them for corporate and community leadership. Collier, a senior leader in human resources for Southern Company, will apply his expertise in talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion (D&I) to help further INROADS’ mission.

“INROADS has been making a big difference in the lives of underserved youth for many years,” said Collier. “I am honored to serve on the national board of directors, especially in light of the legacy of prior board service established by my colleagues at Southern Company. I am eager to get to work in support of the organization in its future and strategic endeavors.”

“We welcome Chris to our National Board and are truly excited to have him as a partner with INROADS,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., INROADS President and CEO. “At INROADS, we grow young students to become 21st century leaders through our programs. We develop top, diverse talent for the workforce, and we believe that Chris’ expertise will play a unique role in helping our students reach their goals for the future.”

Collier serves as the head of Talent Acquisition and director of Diversity and Inclusion at Southern Company. In this role, he creates long-term D&I strategies and is responsible
for all aspects of the recruiting and selection processes across the Southern Company system of 32,000 employees. This includes the fulfillment of all skill categories with an emphasis on diversity, strategic sourcing and critical partnerships with colleges and universities, the military and other key organizations. Prior to joining Southern Company in 2007, Collier was a senior recruiting leader in both the transportation and consumer products industries.

He has served in many capacities in the community over the years, including past board member of the Atlanta chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He currently sits on the Chastain Park Conservancy Board in Atlanta and the Dean’s Advisory Council for Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. He gives back through consulting and mentorship to up-and-coming human resources industry professionals and is actively involved with various community-based organizations. Collier continues his professional efforts through memberships in SHRM and the Georgia State University HR Executive Roundtable.

A graduate of Auburn University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and also served in the U.S. Army for almost 10 years. Collier will officially take on his two-year board term on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the annual INROADS National Board Retreat in Florida, where he will work with other fellow board members to create innovative strategies for INROADS to continually support and develop talented youth for Corporate America.

For more information about INROADS, its programs and how you can become connected to the nonprofit, visit INROADS.org.

About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

About INROADS
Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.

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