Sempra Energy (SRE) President Mark A. Snell to Retire
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Sempra Energy today announced several executive appointments as part of the company's ongoing leadership development and succession planning process.
Except where noted otherwise, all of the following appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.
"One of the cornerstones of our success has been our ability to organically develop a strong leadership team," said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "We and our board of directors spend considerable time and effort identifying talented leaders within the organization and exposing them to different aspects of our business. Today's appointments represent another step forward in our succession planning process."
Mark A. Snell, 60, president of Sempra Energy since 2011, announced that he plans to retire from the company March 1, 2017.
From 2006 to 2011, Snell was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy. From 2004 to 2005, he was group president overseeing Sempra Energy's businesses outside the California utilities. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of Sempra Energy's activities in competitive energy markets, including energy trading, electric generation, liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipelines and storage facilities, international utilities and retail energy marketing. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer of this group.
Snell first joined Sempra Energy in 2001 as vice president of corporate planning and development. Previously, he held chief financial officer positions with Earth Tech, Inc., Dames & Moore, Inc., and Latham & Watkins LLP. Snell holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State University.
Joseph A. Householder, 61, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy, will be named to the newly created position, corporate group president of infrastructure businesses for Sempra Energy, reporting to Reed.
As corporate group president of infrastructure businesses, Householder will oversee Sempra Energy operations in midstream, LNG, renewable energy and Mexico.
Householder has been Sempra Energy's executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2011. Previously, he was senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, overseeing the financial reporting and controls, financial planning and tax functions for Sempra Energy. He also served as vice president of corporate tax and chief tax counsel for Sempra Energy.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2001, he was a partner in the national tax office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP and also served in several key management positions at Unocal Corp.
Earlier in his career, Householder served as an attorney and a certified public accountant at firms in the Los Angeles area.
Householder holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Loyola Law School. He also has completed the executive program at UCLA Anderson School.
Householder is a member of the board of directors of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., and also is a member of the Tax Executives Institute, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Bar and American Bar Association.
Steven D. Davis, 60, currently executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy for Sempra Energy, will be named to the newly created position, corporate group president of utilities for Sempra Energy, reporting to Reed. Davis also will chair the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) boards of directors.
As corporate group president of utilities, Davis will oversee operations at Sempra Energy's utilities in California and South America.
Davis has served as Sempra Energy's executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy since last year. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of SDG&E from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, from 2012 to 2013, Davis was senior vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy. Previously, he served as Sempra Energy's vice president of investor relations and corporate communications, and vice president of communications and community partnerships.
Davis was senior vice president of external relations and chief financial officer for SDG&E and SoCalGas from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of customer service and external relations for SDG&E and SoCalGas and vice president of distribution operations for SDG&E. Davis first joined SDG&E in 1980 as an accountant.
Davis holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (with honors) from San Diego State University. He is a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Jeffrey W. Martin, 54, currently chairman, president and CEO of SDG&E, will become executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy, reporting to Reed.
In his new role, Martin will oversee all financial matters for the company, including business development and major acquisitions.
Martin has served as SDG&E's CEO since 2014 and as its chairman and president since last year. Previously, he was president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC and its predecessor organization, Sempra Generation, from 2010 to 2013. Martin served as vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy from 2006 to 2010. He joined Sempra Energy in 2004.
Previously in his career, Martin was senior vice president and chief financial officer of NewEnergy, Inc., served as corporate counsel at Tucson Electric Power Co. and was an attorney with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP, in Phoenix.
Martin has a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas, El Paso, and a law degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and Edison Electric Institute, as well as the board of trustees of the University of San Diego. Martin is a member of the Western Electric Industry Leaders and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He also recently served on the boards of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Dennis V. Arriola, 55, currently chairman, president and CEO of SoCalGas, will become executive vice president of corporate strategy and external affairs for Sempra Energy, reporting to Reed.
In his new role, Arriola will be responsible for corporate strategy and will oversee all communications, government relations, regulatory and international affairs activities, as well as corporate social responsibility, for Sempra Energy.
From 2012 to 2013, Arriola was president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas. Previously, from 2008 to 2012, he left the company to work at SunPower Corp., a global solar panel manufacturer based in San Jose, Calif., where he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
From 2006 to 2008, Arriola was senior vice president and chief financial officer of both SDG&E and SoCalGas. Prior to that, Arriola also served as vice president of communications and investor relations for Sempra Energy and regional vice president and general manager of Sempra Energy's South American operations. Arriola first joined the company in 1994 as treasurer for Pacific Enterprises/SoCalGas.
Arriola has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University. He serves on the boards of directors of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Leadership Council, American Gas Association, California Business Roundtable and Latino Donor Collaborative.
Patricia K. Wagner, 54, currently president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, will become CEO of SoCalGas, reporting to Davis. Until she assumes her new position in January 2017, Wagner has been appointed an executive vice president for Sempra Energy, effective immediately.
Wagner has served as president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power since 2014.
After joining SoCalGas in 1995, she held several leadership positions in the company, including: vice president of audit services for Sempra Energy; vice president of accounting and finance for SoCalGas; vice president of information technology for SDG&E and SoCalGas; and vice president of the Operational Excellence transformational program for SDG&E and SoCalGas. Wagner also has served in key management roles at SDG&E and SoCalGas in gas distribution operations and customer services.
Prior to joining SoCalGas, Wagner held management positions at Fluor Daniel, McGaw Laboratories and Allergan Pharmaceuticals.
Wagner has a master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She currently serves on the board of directors for Apogee Enterprises, Inc. Previously, she was a board member for the Classroom of the Future Foundation in San Diego and a member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. She also has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America.
Effective immediately, J. Bret Lane, 57, has been appointed president of SoCalGas and will continue in his role as SoCalGas' chief operating officer, reporting to the CEO of SoCalGas.
Lane has been the chief operating officer of SoCalGas since 2014. Previously, he was the senior vice president of gas operations & system integrity for SoCalGas and SDG&E, responsible for all aspects of gas delivery services, including region operations, engineering, transmission, storage and pipeline safety.
From 2010 to 2012, he served as vice president of field services for SoCalGas and SDG&E. Prior to that, Lane was vice president of gas transmission & distribution for SoCalGas.
Lane was vice president of environmental, safety & facilities and chief environmental officer for SoCalGas and SDG&E from 2005 to 2008. Previously, he was vice president of labor relations, responsible for all collective bargaining with the labor unions at SoCalGas. Lane first joined SoCalGas in 1982 in the transmission & storage operations group.
Lane holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Oklahoma State University. Lane serves on the boards of directors of the Gas Technology Institute and Western Energy Institute, and on the board of advisors of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
Scott D. Drury, 51, currently chief energy supply officer for SDG&E, will become president of SDG&E, reporting to Davis.
Drury has served as SDG&E's chief energy supply officer since last year, overseeing electric transmission operations, utility-owned power generation and energy procurement. Previously, he was SDG&E's vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion from 2011 to 2015. Prior to 2011, Drury was director of safety and emergency services and director of supply management for both SDG&E and SoCalGas. From 1998 to 2007, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at SDG&E.
Drury holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He holds a certificate in human resources and labor relations from Cornell University. Drury serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the advisory board of Alzheimer's San Diego.
Caroline A. Winn, 53, chief energy delivery officer for SDG&E, will become chief operating officer of SDG&E, reporting to Drury.
Winn has served as SDG&E's chief energy delivery officer since last year, overseeing electric distribution operations and gas services, customer services, and external and state legislative affairs for SDG&E.
From 2010 to 2015, Winn was vice president of customer services for SDG&E. Previously, she served as director of distribution operations, director of electric distributions operations, director of electric distribution services and director of supply management for SDG&E from 2000 to 2010.
Winn first joined SDG&E in 1986 as an associate engineer and has held positions of increasing responsibility with the utility.
She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Sacramento, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Winn serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Western Energy Institute and the Classroom of the Future Foundation. She also serves on the board of advisors of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
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