Executive Leadership


Chris Clark

President & CEO
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

A Georgia native, Chris Clark, is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Before his state service he was the President of the Fayette County Development Authority and CEO of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.

Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Council of State Chambers and sits on the boards of the Georgia Allies and the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council of 100 and the Political Affairs Committee.

Chris is a Trustee of Georgia Southern University and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s most influential Atlantans. He received GEDA’s, Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Life Center a Christian outreach program that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and educational classes for those in need.

Chris and his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Christian, live in Peachtree City and attend Dogwood Church.


Hank Linginfelter

2016 Chairman
Executive Vice President
Distribution Operations
AGL Resources

Henry P. “Hank” Linginfelter was named executive vice president of AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) in December 2007. As chairman and CEO of the company’s seven utilities, Mr. Linginfelter is responsible for all operating functions of the utilities including field operations, customer experience, gas operations, construction, energy efficiency programs and utility marketing and sales. In addition he has corporate-wide responsibility for regulatory and governmental affairs, economic development, engineering and environmental health and safety.

In his years of service with AGL Resources, Mr. Linginfelter has assumed increasing levels of responsibility and has played a key role in the company’s operations, marketing and regulatory activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in utility operations with AGL Resources.

Mr. Linginfelter currently serves on the boards of Georgia Chamber of Commerce 2016 Chair, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, US Chamber, Georgia Allies (Chair), Boy Scouts Atlanta Area Council (Immediate Past President), Southern Gas Association (Immediate Past Chair), The Georgia Tech Advisory Board, The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Advisory Board and Jekyll Island Foundation. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the American Gas Association and is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009.

Mr. Linginfelter has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.

He and his wife, Sandy, and their two children reside in Atlanta and attend Buckhead Church.


Paul Bowers

2015 Chair Chairman
President & CEO
Georgia Power Company

Paul Bowers was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective Dec. 31, 2010. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity.

Bowers joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries.

Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.

In 1998, Bowers was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity plc, Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary. From 2001 to 2008, he served as president of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for the company’s overall operational activities. He also served as CEO of Southern Power.

Bowers serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd., AFLAC, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Historical Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is the 2015 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council and a trustee for The Woodruff Arts Center. He is the past chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

A Pensacola, Fla., native, Bowers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in management from Troy University. He is also a Harvard Business School Advanced Management graduate.

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