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 who manage 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.