John O. Hudson III
President and CEO, Nicor Gas
John Hudson is a licensed attorney who serves as president and chief executive officer of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that natural gas – a clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy source – reaches more than 2.2 million homes and businesses in 656 northern Illinois communities. In addition, Hudson serves as executive vice president of Southern Company Gas, where he has enterprise-wide responsibility for market strategy and new venture development across the company’s regulated utility franchises in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. Hudson also is a member of the Southern Company Gas Management Council. Southern Company Gas is a subsidiary of Southern Company and the parent company of Nicor Gas.
Before assuming his current role, Hudson served as executive vice president and chief external and public affairs officer at Southern Company Gas. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s external affairs, customer operations, corporate communications, marketing, community relations, economic development and environmental affairs functions. In addition, he served as president of the Southern Company Gas Foundation, which focuses on philanthropic and volunteer initiatives. Through previous leadership roles at Alabama Power, a sister company of Southern Company Gas, Hudson served as senior vice president of marketing and business development, chief executive of the Alabama Power Foundation, vice president of public relations and charitable giving, assistant to the company’s president and CEO and area manager for the Birmingham division.
After spending more than a decade at Alabama Power, Hudson left the company in 2006 to serve as senior vice president of corporate diversity and public affairs at Regions Financial Corporation. He also founded The Hudson Group, a public policy consulting firm, where he practiced law and served as president and chairman. He returned to Alabama Power in 2010.
As part of his long-term commitment to entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Hudson serves as chairman of the board of directors of Bronze Valley Corporation, which he launched to expand the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem among people of color in the technology industry. For his work in the area of philanthropy, innovation and entrepreneurship, he was selected for the prestigious Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. He also is a member of the board of directors of Cloverly, an API for carbon offsets which uses technology to help businesses, organizations and individuals become carbon neutral or carbon negative; Trillion Communications, a national supply-chain company that provides logistics services to the telecommunications industry; A.G. Gaston Enterprises, a privately held investment company with holdings in construction, real estate and media; Metallum Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on funding early-stage technology startups; and the United Way of Metro Chicago.
Hudson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alabama A&M University and is a cum laude graduate of Miles College School of Law. He also completed the Executive Accounting and Finance Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.
Hudson resides in Chicago with his wife.