Billy Thornton

Director-Manufacturing Excellence Center at University of Mississippi

Billy Thornton

Billy Thornton

Director-Manufacturing Excellence Center at University of Mississippi

Biography

Billy Thornton

Vice President of External Affairs and Shared Services

Billy Thornton serves as Mississippi Power's vice president of External Affairs and Shared Services, joining the company's Management Council in October 2012.

He is responsible for oversight of several departments, including Governmental and Community Affairs, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs, Corporate Communications, General Services, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Supply Chain and Technology Organization.

Previously, Thornton has served as External Affairs director, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs director, Marketing director, and assistant to the vice president of External Affairs and Corporate Services.

He began his career with the company in 1982 as a power system coordination specialist and later progressed through multiple positions in residential and commercial Marketing.

In 1988, Thornton received the opportunity to work in Congress as executive assistant to U.S. Congressman Larkin Smith, R-Mississippi, until the Congressman's death in 1989.

He earned a bachelor's degree in administration and personnel management from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also graduated from Emory University's Goizueta Business School's executive master's program.

Thornton is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and the Masters Leadership Program Gulf Coast. He serves on the boards of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Museum, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Energy Institute, Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi and the National Oceans and Applications Research Center (NORAC) as an appointee of the governor. He has also served on the board for the United Way of South Mississippi.

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Number of Boards

2

Birthday

1961

Age

59

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Treasurer, Vice President, Chief Financial & Diversity Officer at Mississippi Power Company

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Principal Accounting Officer & Comptroller of Mississippi Power at The Southern Company

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Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer of Mississippi Power at The Southern Company

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Director-South Mississippi at Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center Inc.

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Former Region Vice President, West Region at Georgia Power Co.

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Founder at Waypoint, Inc.

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Senior Vice President & Senior Production Officer at Georgia Power Co.

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Former Vice President of Kemper Development of Mississippi Power at The Southern Company

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Former Director-Corporate Communications at Mississippi Power Company

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President-Elect at United Way of South Mississippi

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Billy Thornton
Director-Manufacturing Excellence Center at University of Mississippi
Education

The University of Southern Mississippi.

Career History
Vice President of External Affairs & Shared Services
2006 - Current

Mississippi Power Co. generates and distributes electricity. It serves residential and business sectors. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Gulfport, MS.

Director-Manufacturing Excellence Center
Current

OleMiss is located in Oxford, MS known for alumni like John Grisham

Boards & Committees
Member, Management Council
Current

Mississippi Power Co. generates and distributes electricity. It serves residential and business sectors. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Gulfport, MS.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$500 - $999
2008

United Way leads positive change that transforms our community and improves people's lives.

$500 - $999
2007

United Way leads positive change that transforms our community and improves people's lives.

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