Kim Greene (’88)

Category: Awards | Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna

2014 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

As chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, Kim Greene is responsible for delivering natural gas to more than 4.2 million customers in the Southeast. In addition to leading the main utility business, Greene directs wholesale gas services, pipeline investments, fuel storage, and a variety of energy-related products and services.

A Knoxville native, Greene earned her BS in engineering science and mechanics from UT in 1988 and her MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1990. She began her career at Southern Company Services in 1991 as a mechanical engineer and progressed through various areas of engineering, operations, and finance. She spent eight years at a Southern Company subsidiary, Southern Energy Inc. (now NGR), and worked in the areas of finance, structuring, trading, and asset management. Along the way, she earned her MBA in finance from Samford University in 1996.

In 2007, Greene joined TVA as chief financial officer and chief risk officer, then served as TVA’s group president of strategy and external relations and later as chief generation officer, responsible for more than 30,000 megawatts of coal, natural gas, hydro, and renewable power generation. In 2011, she completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She returned to Southern Company in 2013 and became chief operating officer and executive vice president of Southern Company Gas in 2014.

Greene shared her story as the 2009 commencement speaker for the Tickle College of Engineering and was a Chancellor’s Associate from 2008 to 2011. She serves on multiple boards of directors, including Valero Energy Corporation, American Gas Association, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Hearkening back to her education, she serves on the advisory boards for the Tickle College of Engineering and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Safety Engineering program. Previously, Greene served as the board chair of the Electric Power Research Institute.

A member of the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists, the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and Executive Women in Energy, she was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014. Shortly after, she was named POWER-GEN’s 2015 Woman of the Year.

She and her husband, Ted, have two daughters.