John Hudson, III
Executive Vice President, Chief External and Public Affairs Officer
John Hudson is a licensed attorney who serves as executive vice president and chief external and public affairs officer at Southern Company Gas. In this role, he has responsibility for the company’s external affairs, customer operations, corporate communications, marketing, community relations, economic development and environmental affairs functions. In addition, he serves as president of the company’s foundation, which focuses on philanthropic and volunteer initiatives. Hudson also is a member of the Southern Company Gas Management Council. Southern Company Gas is a subsidiary of Southern Company.
Before assuming his current role, Hudson served as senior vice president of marketing and business development at Alabama Power, responsible for the company’s marketing, economic development, business development and corporate entrepreneurship functions, as well as customer service centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. Previously he served as the chief executive of the Alabama Power Foundation and as vice president of public relations and charitable giving. Hudson joined Alabama Power in 1996 and held positions of increasing responsibility, most notably serving as assistant to the company’s president and CEO and as area manager for the Birmingham division.
Hudson left Alabama Power in 2006 to serve as senior vice president of corporate diversity and public affairs at Regions Financial Corporation, where he continues to serve as chairman of the organization’s Diversity Advisory Council. 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 in 2018 to expand the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem among people of color in the technology industry. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Trillion Communications, a supply chain and logistics company serving the telecommunications industry, and A.G. Gaston Enterprises, a privately held investment company with holdings in construction, real estate and media.
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 and his wife, a municipal court judge in Birmingham, have one daughter and reside in Birmingham and Atlanta.