Southern Company Chief Financial Officer and UAB School of Business alumnus Art Beattie rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on January 5 in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary.
On January 5, 1912, Alabama Traction, Light and Power was founded by James Mitchell who saw it as key to a planned development of a network of electric generating stations that would one day reach across the Southeast U.S. In the years that followed, that first holding company evolved into today’s Southern Company, the largest generator of electricity in the U.S. and among the largest in the world.
Beattie earned his master of business administration degree from the UAB School of Business.
Beattie was interviewed on the floor of the Exchange after ringing the bell: