David M. Ratcliffe, chairman, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Southern Company, has been elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the national association of shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. The Institute’s chairmanship rotates on an annual basis.

Ratcliffe will be supported by Anthony F. Earley Jr., chairman and CEO of Detroit’s DTE Energy, who was elected first vice-chairman, and Richard C. “Dick” Kelly, chairman, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, who was elected second vice-chairman.

Ratcliffe became president of Southern Company in April 2004 and assumed the additional responsibilities of chairman and CEO in July of that year. Prior to this, he served for five years as CEO of Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary, and has been with Southern Company and its subsidiaries for more than 37 years.

Ratcliffe received a bachelor's degree in biology from Valdosta State University and a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He sits on numerous boards, including those of EEI, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.

Tony Earley has been chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, the parent company of Detroit Edison, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, and several non-regulated energy companies, since 1998. He joined Detroit Edison as president and chief operating officer in March 1994.

Earley attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physics, a master of science in engineering and a law degree. He also served as an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program and as chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). He is a board member of numerous organizations, including EEI, NEI and Detroit Renaissance. He also sits on the U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Board.

Prior to his current role, Dick Kelly held several senior management positions at Xcel Energy. He also served as executive vice president and CFO for New Century Energies and senior vice president of Public Service Company of Colorado. Kelly is chairman of the board of the Science Museum of Minnesota and sits on the boards of the Capital City Partnership, EEI, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Nuclear Energy Institute, among others. He received his master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Regis University, and attended the University of Colorado's Executive Education Conference and the University of Michigan's Public Utility Executive Program.