Charles McCrary Joins Great Southern Wood Holdings Board of Directors

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Former Alabama Power CEO Held Leadership Roles with Auburn University, Regions Financial Corporation and Mercedes-Benz US.

“Charles has had an outstanding record of accomplishment throughout his career and will bring a high level of knowledge and experience to our board,” said Jimmy Rane, founder, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc.

Charles D. McCrary, former president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Alabama Power Company, has been elected to the board of directors of Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc.

“Charles has had an outstanding record of accomplishment throughout his career and will bring a high level of knowledge and experience to our board,” said Jimmy Rane, founder, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc. “Charles is well-respected both as a corporate leader and a community leader, and his unique experience and insight will be extremely valuable as our company moves toward its half-century mark.”

McCrary received a B.S. degree from Auburn University and serves on the Auburn University Board of Trustees. The Charles D. McCrary Institute for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Systems, named in his honor and housed at Auburn, focuses on interdisciplinary research and advanced technologies to improve the security and operations of our nation's infrastructure while valuing natural resources and conservation.

McCrary has been actively involved in his community, both in Birmingham and across the state, throughout his career. Among his leadership roles, McCrary has served as chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and on the boards of Regions Financial Corporation, Mercedes-Benz US International, the Protective Life Corporation, the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation and Southern Research Institute. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Children First Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama Archives and History Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Alabama Historical Radio Society.

McCrary also earned a J.D. from Birmingham School of Law. He is a member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and has been named to the Alabama Academy of Honor.

Great Southern Wood Holdings, Inc., is the parent company of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated, the nation’s leading producer of pressure treated pine lumber for residential, farm, commercial and industrial uses. The company is headquartered in Abbeville, Alabama. It and its subsidiaries have plants located in Mobile, Alabama; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Brookhaven, Mississippi; Glenwood, Arkansas; Columbus, Texas; Buckner, Missouri; Conyers, Georgia; Jesup, Georgia; Mansura, Louisiana; Bushnell, Florida; Rocky Mount, VA; Hagerstown, MD; and Fombell, PA. For information about Great Southern, call 334-585-2291 or visit http://www.yellawood.com.

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