Southern Company executive named Georgia Enterprise CIO of the Year

     Southern Company executive named Georgia Enterprise CIO of the Year

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2012

ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marie Mouchet, vice president and chief
information officer for Southern Company operations and Southern Nuclear, has
been named Enterprise CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership
Association (GCLA).

Southern Nuclear is a Southern Company subsidiary responsible for operating
the company's existing nuclear fleet. Southern Company operations includes the
functional areas of generation and transmission and subsidiary Southern Power,
a wholesale business unit that owns and operates natural gas and renewable
generating facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North
Carolina and Texas.

Established in 1998, the Georgia CIO of the Year Award honors individuals who
have demonstrated outstanding technology leadership in Georgia. They recognize
chief information officers, or executives in equivalent positions, who have
shown excellence in managing their organization's enterprise-wide information
systems. The awards are segmented into four categories: Global – CIOs who
manage more than 2,500 IT users and a multinational operation; Enterprise –
CIOs whomanage more than 1,000 IT users; Corporate – CIOs who manage up to
1,000 IT users; and Nonprofit/Public Sector – CIOs who manage IT for any
not-for-profit organization, government agency or school in the public sector.

"My philosophy is that we win with people and that our greatest achievements
are gained through collaboration and teamwork, so I share this recognition
with those I have the honor of working with at Southern Company," Mouchet said
in accepting the award. "I thank the sponsors who make this event possible and
the GCLA and their board of directors for their leadership in recognizing the
work of IT professionals throughout our state."

In her role, Mouchet leads the development and implementation of IT strategy
across Southern Company subsidiaries Southern Power and Southern Nuclear and
the functional areas of generation and transmission. She provides strategic
and tactical planning and direction for information technology for fossil,
hydro and nuclear generating facilities; fuel services for the plants; new
plant acquisitions; new nuclear plant development; a real-time energy trading
floor; the engineering and construction services organization and the
transmission system.

Mouchet has served in leadership positions within Southern Company for more
than 25 years and has experience across a variety of Southern Company
organizations, including regulatory affairs, financial services, public
relations, marketing, sales and generation.

She has served on the board of Sheltering Arms Child Development and the
advisory board of the Fulton County Red Cross. She is an advocate for My
House, a long-term transitional home for medically fragile and/or abused
infants and children. She represents Southern Company on IBM's Tivoli Customer
Advisory Board and was recently selected to serve on the Women in Technology
Foundation Board.

Mouchet holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in
mathematics education from Georgia State University.

All nominees for Georgia CIO of the Year are judged by the Awards Selection
Committee, which is comprised of past award winners and Georgia technology
leaders. Eligible candidates must be employed by a Georgia-based entity, be
primarily responsible for the technical performance of the organization, be a
member of top management and have a proven track record of technology

The GCLA is the preeminent professional organization for Georgia's information
technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively
of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions at
companies and organizations throughout the state.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity,
Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing
competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless
communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer
service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the
national average. Southern Company also is continually ranked among the top
utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility
rankings. Visit our website at

SOURCE Southern Company

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