Foster is a native of Montgomery, AL and a graduate of Tuskegee University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and was named to Coca Cola’s Division II All Academic Football team . He earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where his studies focused on health industry management and marketing.
Foster is currently the Birmingham Division External Affairs and Marketing Manager. In this role, he has responsibility for achieving growth targets across customer segments along with managing policy for community and governmental stakeholders.
Before rejoining Alabama Power, Foster served as the General Manager of Marketing & Sales for Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, FL. In that role, he provided leadership for the company’s major accounts, energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. He also served as the product development and sales manager for Gulf Power where he was responsible for developing innovative products along with overseeing the company’s lighting service business and traditional electric end use sales.
Foster’s previous roles at Alabama a Power i lude serving as area manager for the north region of Birmingham Division. In that role, he had responsibility over company operations and external affairs in the city of Birmingham as well as in north, east and west Jefferson County. Prior to his area manager role, he served as legislative affairs manager in Governmental Relations in Montgomery where he was responsible for monitoring state legislation and its possible impact on Alabama Power customers. Ware joined Alabama Power in 2011 as an industrial account manager, serving industrial customers by identifying energy savings and conducting economic analysis of equipment for energy audits.
Prior to joining Alabama Power, Foster served as director of cardiovascular solutions at Sg2- LLC in Skokie, IL, focusing on the impact of healthcare reform and economic modeling for cardiovascular administrators. Prior to Sg2-LLC, Ware was employed with Schering-Plough Corporation as a regional account manager in the Illinois market and served as a registered lobbyist in governmental affairs. Foster began his career in engineering at Abbott Laboratories as a project manager in the chemical, diagnostic and pharmaceutical products divisions.
Among his civic and personal activities, Ware serves on the boards of Red Mountain Theater, Central Six Workforce Development and the Hoover Industrial Development Board. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and served on Tuskegee University’s Board of Trustees from 2004-2008.
Foster and his wife Linda have four children, Foster (IV), Logan, Lauren and John Parker.