Southern Company's Stan Hoptroff one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013

Southern Company's Stan Hoptroff one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders
                                   for 2013

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2012

ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IDG's Computerworld has selected Stan
Hoptroff, director of infrastructure services for Southern Company, as one of
the magazine's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013. Each year, the publication
spotlights award-winning leaders from both the technology and business sides
of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas to
business challenges and effective management of IT strategies.

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"Stan is a respected leader across Southern Company and is truly deserving of
recognition as being among the best in his field," said Southern Company Chief
Information Officer Kenneth Coleman.

Through his 30-year career with Southern Company, Hoptroff has provided
leadership to several information technology organizations, including computer
operations, data engineering, client services, e-commerce strategy, financial
planning and application development and maintenance. He currently leads the
efforts of 255 employees in overseeing mainframe, storage, telecommunications
and other technology infrastructure.

Hoptroff holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kennesaw
State University and a master's of science in technology management from the
Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended the Center for Creative
Leadership's "Leadership Development Program" and Wharton's "Integrating
Finance and Strategy for Value Creation."

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of
Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference March 3-5 in Tucson, Ariz.
Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference involves companies across
all industries, as well as government and educational organizations.
Recipients are selected based on Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of
characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in
their organizations. The magazine's editors and a panel of outside judges also
evaluate nominees through their answers to questions on a range of topics,
including their backgrounds, work experiences, special accomplishments and
leadership styles.

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 clean, safe,
reliable and affordable 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
energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail
electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company is
leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first
new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and is
demonstrating its commitment to energy innovation through development of a
state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized
by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military
employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company
received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its
leadership in new nuclear development, was named Platts' 2011 Power Company of
the Year and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual
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