Leigh is Vice President for Economic and Community Development at Alabama Power Company, an electric utility that provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers. She leads a team responsible for economic, community and commercial business development across the state.
Prior to assuming her current role, Davis was Vice President for Customer Services, responsible for integrating critical aspects of customer experience, including the use of technologies and research, to support residential, business and industrial customers.
Davis’ prior experience includes her role as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Southern Company Services, which provides administrative and operational services to all Southern Company operating divisions. In that position, she was responsible for generation energy policy; compliance and legal strategy for the company’s generation, transmission, engineering and construction services; system planning; research and environmental affairs; and competitive generation business units. As General Counsel for Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Davis also had responsibility for the Corporate Communications, Legal, Compliance and Employee Concerns departments.
In addition, Davis has served as Vice President of Charitable Giving for Alabama Power, as President of the Alabama Power Foundation and as Executive Director of the Alabama Business Charitable Trust. She also has held executive leadership positions in Technology and Real Estate. Her broader external affairs experience includes leadership roles in Governmental Relations, Environmental Affairs and Economic and Community Development.
Earlier in her career, Davis served as Counsel in Southern Company’s Washington, D.C., office, focused primarily on industrywide environmental litigation and energy policy. She also served as the Compliance and Support Manager at Alabama Power’s Plant Miller during the design, construction and operation of major environmental technologies.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and a juris doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. She also is a graduate of the MBA program at Samford University. Davis completed a yearlong fellowship in the International Women’s Forum executive development program as part of a global partnership with Harvard Business School and INSEAD, as well as an executive education program in corporate finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of Birmingham, Davis is active in her community. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Ascension Alabama, YWCA Central Alabama, McWane Science Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers at Samford University.