Under her leadership, Southern Company has been consistently recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO Magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine. She is nationally and regionally recognized as an expert in corporate information technology.
Since beginning her career at Georgia Power in 1978, Blalock has provided broad leadership in many positions including accounting, finance, marketing, corporate communication, external affairs, the office of the CEO, and customer service.
Blalock serves on the boards of Computers for Youth, Leadership Atlanta and the CIO council of the Edison Electric Institute. She also serves on the CIO advisory board for Georgia State University and Sierra Ventures. In addition she serves on the Customer Advisory Boards of Oracle and AT&T. A graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia, she was named a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation in 2001.
Blalock has received a host of honors including 2009 CIO of the Year in the electric utility industry by Energy Biz Magazine, 2007 CIO of the Year by Computers for Youth and 2003 Georgia CIO of the Year, Global Category by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. She is listed among the Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. In 2006, she was inducted as one of Computerworld Magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. Atlanta Woman Magazine named her their Power Woman of the Year and she received the Shining Star Award from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree with honors in business administration from Mercer University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from State University of West Georgia.
With 4.4 million customers and nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super-regional energy company in the Southeast and 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 below the national average. Southern Company has more than 500,000 shareholders, making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United States. Visit the Southern Company website at www.southerncompany.com.