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Pedro  Cherry, CFA

Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power

As Vice President of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power, Pedro Cherry is responsible for the company’s efforts to recruit new business to the state, assist with existing industry expansion and retention, help prepare communities for growth and work with strategic partners in diverse communities. The department has been internationally recognized as one of the top economic development organizations in the world, bringing more than 113,000 jobs and $23.6 billion in capital investment to Georgia over the past decade alone.

After having worked as an engineering and business analyst for Carolina Power and Light Corp., Pedro began his career with Southern Company in 1997, working for Southern Energy Inc., the subsidiary that later became Mirant Corp. He held positions of increasing responsibility, serving as vice president of international finance before returning to Southern Company in 2006. There he served as finance manager for Southern Generation/Southern Power and later as Assistant to the CFO of Southern Company. In 2010, Pedro became Metro West Region Manager for Georgia Power, responsible for the counties of Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding and a portion of Fulton. He joined the Community & Economic Development team in January 2012.

Pedro serves on the boards of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Georgia Transportation Alliance, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Latin American Association. He is vice chair of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance and an advisor to the board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Pedro also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia, Great Promise Kids and the State of Georgia Children’s Cabinet. He is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, CFA Institute, Association for Financial Professionals, NAACP and Auburn’s Alumni Engineering Advisory Council.

Pedro holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA in operations management and finance from Auburn University. He and his wife, Tomeka, have two children.

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