Susan Story

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Susan Story
Occupation President and CEO
Gulf Power Company
Spouse Joseph Story

Susan N. Story is the current president and CEO of the Gulf Power Company, having served in that capacity since April 14, 2003. Before replacing previous CEO Tom Fanning, who left to become chief financial officer of parent firm the Southern Company, Story was executive vice president of the Southern Company's Generation and Energy Marketing division in Birmingham. She was both the first woman and, at 43, the youngest executive to lead the company.[1]

Story earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She began her career in 1982 as a nuclear engineer. She was named "Alumnus of the Year" by UAB's School of Business in 2002, the same year she was named one of the "top 10 women in business" by the Birmingham Business Journal.[2]

Story serves on the boards of directors of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Council of 100, Florida Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other organizations. She was appointed to the Community Maritime Park Associates board, but resigned in 2008 after the appointment of her subordinate, Bentina Terry, to avoid a potential violation of Florida's Sunshine Law.[3]

She is married to Dr. Joseph Story.


  1. "Gulf Power chief breaks new ground." Pensacola News Journal, April 27, 2003.
  2. "Gulf Power picks first woman to take utility's helm." Pensacola News Journal, April 5, 2003.
  3. "Story resigns from park board." Pensacola News Journal, May 2, 2008.