Billy Thornton was named vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs for Mississippi Power in October 2012.
Previously, Thornton has served as external affairs director, marketing energy sales and efficiency director, major account sales manager, regulatory and federal legislative affairs director and assistant to the vice president of external affairs and corporate services.
From 1986 to 1988, Thornton was a national sales consultant with Southern Electric International, a subsidiary of Southern Company.
He received a sabbatical from Mississippi Power in 1988 to serve as executive assistant to U.S. Congressman Larkin Smith, R-Mississippi, until the Congressman’s untimely death in 1989.
Thornton began his career with the company in 1982 as a power system coordination specialist, later taking a position as a residential and commercial marketing representative.
Thornton earned a bachelor’s degree in administration and personnel management from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School’s Executive Master’s program.
Thornton serves on the board of directors for the United Way of South Mississippi and the board of the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi.