Georgia Power, the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, recently announced several executive leadership moves, including the appointment of Sterling Spainhour as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer.

Spainhour will oversee the corporate compliance, risk management, security, and legal services functions. He currently serves as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Services (SCS) and will maintain his responsibilities for the corporate, energy regulation, and technology functions for SCS.

Spainhour succeeds Meredith Lackey in his new roles. Lackey will become executive vice president of External Affairs and Nuclear Development and will lead the company’s policies and activities in community and economic development, corporate communication, environmental affairs, governmental and regulatory affairs, regional external affairs, land management, pricing and planning, and nuclear development.