David Ratcliffe is the president, CEO and chairman of Southern Company, one of America's largest producers of coal fired electricity. Elected by the board of directors in December 2003, Ratcliffe became president of Southern Company in April 2004 and assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO and chairman in July 2004. In years prior, Ratcliffe worked in executive positions for Georgia Power as well as Southern Co. subsidiaries Mississippi Power and Southern Company Services.
A native of Tifton, Georgia, David Ratcliffe received a bachelor's degree in biology from Valdosta State University in 1970. He received a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1975 and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
David Ratcliffe’s total compensation in 2009 was $10,804,474.