Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 30, 2010
Southern Cross Corp announced it has promoted industry veteran and former AGL official, Larry Smallwood, to vice president of operations, effective immediately. In addition to P&L management duties, Smallwood’s responsibilities at Southern Cross include scheduling and monitoring of all pipeline safety and compliance services, staff acquisition and training, and streamlined coordination with field supervisors to ensure optimal performance of professional and quality surveys.Widely regarded in the vanguard of pipeline safety, field services, compliance reporting, and power quality testing, Southern Cross maintains an impeccable reputation within the natural gas and electric utility arenas.
Smallwood has spent more than three decades in the natural gas industry, including stints in operations, management and field services. He spent the bulk of his career with AGL Resources at which he was assigned ever-increasing levels of responsibility. At AGL he amassed a long record of significant achievements, including the creation of the construction operations department which was responsible for developing and implementing procedures for field and office employees. In addition, he helped create the company's first web-based tracking system for residential gas installations. A committed community volunteer, Smallwood has held leadership positions with the Alpharetta Kiwanis club, his homeowners association, a youth mentoring program, and he has served as a reserve police officer with the City of Duluth.
“Larry is a thoughtful, determined leader with enormous operations experience and business savvy,” said Sean Durkin, president of Southern Cross. “As we continue to grow and expand our business lines and offerings, it became clear we needed Larry to operate the wheel to navigate us effectively through the many market opportunities ahead. His long history with AGL uniquely enables him to understand both customer and service provider needs and issues.”
“Having previously contracted with various third party service providers, I have a clear appreciation for what natural gas and electric utilities need,” said Smallwood, vice president of operations. “The industry’s aging transmission infrastructure requires greater attention to maintenance and safety, a key factor in why Southern Cross is retained by so many public utilities. I am fully prepared for the additional responsibilities and am humbled by the confidence Sean and the other executives have in me.”
About Southern Cross
Founded in 1946, Southern Cross provides a broad array of services to utilities and related entities, including pipeline safety surveys and maintenance, field services, compliance reporting, and power quality testing. Regarded as one of the finest, most professional service companies in the country, Southern Cross maintains ongoing business relationships with several hundred satisfied customers. For more information on Southern Cross services, visit http://www.southerncrosscorp.com or call us at 1-800-241-5057.