One of the country's most prominent energy experts, Dr. Ernest Moniz, the former United States Secretary of Energy, a nuclear physicist by profession, will join the board of Southern Company, contingent on a stockholder vote, and will serve as an independent director effective March 1, the company announced this week.
Dr. Moniz will serve on the Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee of the board. He also will serve on the Business Security Subcommittee, which focuses on cyber and physical risks across the Southern Company system, Southern Company announced.
Dr. Moniz served as United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to early 2017. During his tenure in the department's top position, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community and environmental stewardship. He was a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2009 to 2013 and received the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award in 2016.
Dr. Moniz currently is the chief executive officer and co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the threat of nuclear, biological, radiological and chemical weapons, and chief executive officer of Energy Futures Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to driving innovation in energy technology, policy and business models.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Dr. Moniz was a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) for over four decades. He was the founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world. Dr. Moniz is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus at MIT. Dr. Moniz also is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.
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