Leadership Team

Tami Barron, President and CEO


Tami Barron is president and CEO of SouthernLINC® Wireless and Southern Telecom, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Southern Company.

SouthernLINC Wireless offers integrated wireless communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Southern Telecom provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other cities throughout the Southeast.

Prior to joining SouthernLINC Wireless and Southern Telecom, Barron was vice president of Southern Company’s supply chain management organization overseeing more than 750 employees and numerous contractors across the entire region. She also served as general manager of distribution engineering, construction and maintenance at Georgia Power from 2011 – 2014.

Barron was an integral part of Southern Company’s massive restoration effort following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She was part of the team that led efforts coordinating supplies, crews, contractors, logistics and work prioritization for a workforce of 12,000 distribution workers from across the United States and Canada. As a result, Mississippi Power was able to restore power to all customers who could receive it within just 12 days. Barron had previously served as Pine Belt Division engineering and operations manager for Mississippi Power in Hattiesburg.

Since joining Southern Company in 1984, Barron has held various positions in marketing, area management and distribution operations for some of Georgia’s fastest-growing areas. She has also served as assistant to the vice president of Georgia Power’s Southern Region.

Barron is currently on the board of directors of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. She has held leadership positions in a number of community organizations, including Georgia Cystic Fibrosis, United Way, the Cartersville Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus College Engineering Advisory Board, the Columbus Symphony Board, Uptown Columbus and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Barron received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. She holds a master’s of business administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School’s Executive Program at Emory University as well as Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia.

Carmine Reppucci, CFO

Chief Financial Officer of Southern Telecom
Chief Financial Officer of SouthernLINC Wireless

Carmine Reppucci

As chief financial officer, vice president and treasurer for Southern Telecom, a Southern Company, Carmine Reppucci assesses and evaluates business risks facing the company and ensures the accuracy and timeliness of accounting records and financial projections. Reppucci leads the company's corporate operations organization, which includes information systems, real estate facilities and customer accounting.

Responsible for the company’s accounting policies and practices and establishing internal controls to evaluate business risks, Reppucci monitors the financial performance of Southern Telecom against its business plan, ensuring variances and emerging issues are understood and addressed. He reports these performance results to various parties, including the company’s board of directors.

Reppucci began his career with Southern Company in 1998 when he joined SouthernLINC Wireless as comptroller and director of financial operations. He then moved into the position of director of change management, and project director-Oracle financials for Southern Company’s Enterprise Solutions Project.

Reppucci earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Emory University.

Wayne A. Ellis, General Manager

Wayne A. Ellis

Wayne Ellis was selected in 1998 to lead Southern Telecom as its first general manager. Prior to joining Southern Telecom, Ellis held various positions within Southern Company in the areas of sales and marketing, market research and planning, distribution operations, and power generation project development.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ellis holds an MBA degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama. As a recently retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he has over 30 years experience as a signal officer.

Leif R. Ericson, Manager, Business Development

Leif R. Ericson

Leif Ericson joined Southern Telecom in June 2001 with 15 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to joining Southern Telecom, Ericson was the director of business development for the broadband access division at Nortel Networks where he directed market development efforts with strategic partners and venture capital firms. Ericson has also held senior management positions in sales and marketing at Decision Systems House (division of Olivetti), Intermedia Communications (now MCI) and Sprint Communications. Ericson has served on the board of the Power Line Communication Association and is co-chairman & board member of the United Power Line Council.

Ericson earned his bachelor's degree in business from Auburn University.

Barry Navarre, Manager, Business Development

Barry Navarre

Barry Navarre joined Southern Telecom in March 2014 with 15 years of telecommunications and management experience. In his most recent Charter Business role, Barry was a Carrier Account Executive and responsible for developing Ethernet market strategies and transport capacity relationships with national and regional carriers. In other sales roles, he developed the commercial optical fiber services market for large enterprise customers in Alabama.

Prior to Charter Business, Navarre held Branch Sales Manager positions with Xspedius Communications (now tw telecom) where he managed the sales, operations and engineering functions in multiple markets. He also fulfilled various engineering roles with Network Telephone (now Windstream) where he was responsible for business development and network migrations.

Navarre served in the United States Air Force and earned his bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jimmy Burton, Accounting Manager

Jimmy Burton

Jimmy Burton has been part of the Southern Telecom team since 2000. Prior to joining Southern Telecom, Burton held various accounting positions at Southern Company subsidiaries including SouthernLINC Wireless and Southern Company Services.

Burton holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a MBA degree from Georgia State University. Burton is a certified public accountant and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPA's.


Matt Madison, Managing Attorney

Matt Madison

Matt Madison joined Southern Company Services in May 2015, previously working as an attorney at Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia in the corporate and securities practice group. At Troutman Sanders LLP, Madison focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities representation and general corporate and commercial matters. As an attorney for Southern Company Services and supporting Southern Telecom, Madison is responsible for managing and coordinating the use of outside counsel and providing legal services in the areas of intellectual property, construction contracts, commercial transactions, financing transactions, as well as general corporate legal matters. Madison is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and holds a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.