Tonya Bryant is vice president of technology, leading the Technology Services organization at Southern Company, one of the largest producers of energy in the United States. Bryant and her team are responsible for strategy, governance, project portfolio management, performance monitoring, strategic supplier management, risk management and compliance, artificial intelligence/data analytics/big data, development strategies, and standards, IT (Information Technology) service management, and innovation across the Technology Organization. She is also responsible for the Technology Integration Office for
mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Since joining Southern Company in 1999 as a network engineer, Bryant has held roles of increasing responsibility in numerous areas ranging from infrastructure design
and management to project portfolio management. She previously served as vice president and director of the Office of the CIO, which focused on running IT as a business. In a previous role as assistant to the CIO, Bryant partnered closely with senior leadership and key stakeholders to develop and execute strategy while driving employee engagement. A trained engineer, Bryant has vast experience in technology infrastructure. Earlier in her career, she was team lead and technology operations manager. She also served as a manager in the Program Management Office, responsible for project portfolio management to support Southern Company’s distribution, transmission, customer service, and marketing business units. Before joining Southern Company, Bryant was a telecommunication engineer at BE&K Telecommunication in Birmingham,
Alabama. She has completed several leadership programs, including Southern Company’s IT Leadership Development and SCS Leading Others Program. Additionally, Bryant has completed the McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program, Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Emerge Academy, Emory University Executive Education Goizueta Business School’s Managerial Leadership, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Women’s Leadership Program. She serves on the TechBridge Technology Career Program Council and Georgia State University CIS Advisory Board. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama. She received her MBA with a finance concentration from Georgia State University.