November 16, 2020
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Southern Gas Company
Johnny Howze III was named vice president of Supply Chain Management (SCM) for Gas, Generation, and Services, for Southern Company in June of 2019. In this role, he is responsible for sup-porting Southern Company’s vision and strategy by ensuring that the company receives quality materials and services essential to performance. Prior to his current role, Howze served as plant manager for Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer in Juliette, providing overall leadership for operations of four coal-fired units, which power approximately 2.6 million homes. Under Howze’s leadership, Plant Scherer was named the 2017 Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group Plant of the Year. Since joining Southern Company in 1990 as a summer student, Howze has progressed through various leadership positions, including serving as plant manager at Gulf Power’s Smith and Scholz plants, and several Georgia Power plants, including Branch, Warner Robins and Wansley. Howze also served as assistant to the executive vice president of customer service & operations for Georgia Power. During this time, he served as a loaned executive with former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration. Howze earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and completed the executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University.
Throughout his career, Howze has been active in the community with organizations such as the United Way, and two professional organizations – the National Society of Black Engineers and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Plant Management Institute for Electric Power and is a past chairman of the Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group.
Since his graduation from the University of Alabama, Howze has continued to be an involved alumnus. He serves on the advisory boards of the University of Alabama’s mechanical engineering department and the Paul Jones Museum, which focuses on African American Art. In 2019, the University of Alabama College of Engineering named him a Distinguished Fellow.