D'Iberville native is new Mississippi Power president

Anthony Wilson was named president of Mississippi Power on Monday and on Jan. 1 he will take over the duties of chief executive officer from G. Edison Holland Jr.

Holland will remain chairman of the company and will continue to oversee the completion of the Kemper County energy facility, which is scheduled to occur by June.

Holland also will become president and CEO of Southern Co. Holdings and executive vice president of Southern Co. Services on Jan. 1.

Holland had served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southern Co. before becoming president of subsidiary Mississippi Power in May 2013. He has overseen the final phases of construction at the Kemper plant and told the Sun Herald he is confident the technology will work.

Southern Co. Holdings is responsible for the licensing and marketing of the Transport Integrated Gasification technology being deployed at the Kemper facility designed to convert lignite into affordable energy for Mississippi Power customers.

"Having Anthony return home earlier this year has been a tremendous addition to Mississippi Power and has allowed me the needed time to focus on bringing Kemper online," Holland said. "His expanded leadership role is the next step in our succession plan. This ensures a seamless transition as we continue to focus on our customers and our future, while embracing our important role in growing the economy of southeast Mississippi."

A native of D'Iberville, Wilson began his career at Mississippi Power in 1984. He worked in several leadership positions at Georgia Power before returning to South Mississippi this year. He was named executive vice president of operations in May and was responsible for the company's overall operations, including customer service, distribution, transmission, generation, marketing, community relations and corporate services.

Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also is a graduate of Oxford University's Advanced Management Program and has served in many community, charitable and professional roles.