Craig Barrs is Georgia Power’s executive vice president of External Affairs, having led the organization since January 2009. Barrs is responsible for leading and directing the policies and activities of Community and Economic Development, Corporate Communication, Environmental Affairs, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, and Land. He also works closely with the company’s region officers, who are responsible for managing the company’s field operations. Barrs joined Georgia Power in 1981. During his career, he has held a number of leadership positions in customer service, region operations, marketing and external affairs. In 2002 he became assistant to the president and CEO, and later vice president of Community and Economic Development. In 2005, he became a region vice president after leading the transition efforts for Savannah Electric to become part of Georgia Power. In 2008, he returned to Atlanta as vice president of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. He presently serves on the boards of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber Foundation and Eagle Ranch. In June 2014, Governor Deal appointed Craig to serve on the Georgia Economic Development Board. A native of Cochran, Ga., Barrs holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia. He completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2005. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute, and of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Athens.