SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced key executive appointments at its California utility infrastructure companies as part of its ongoing commitment to leadership development and succession planning.
Kevin C. Sagara has been named group president of Sempra Energy, overseeing the company's California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas). Caroline A. Winn, chief operating officer of SDG&E, has been named CEO of SDG&E. Scott D. Drury, president of SDG&E, has been named CEO of SoCalGas.
"At Sempra Energy, we re-focused our strategy in 2018 on building North America's premier energy infrastructure company. Central to that mission is a commitment to also lead our industry in safety and sustainable business practices," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "Our company's long-standing focus on developing leaders of character includes recognizing and promoting leaders who are committed to furthering our safety culture and leading the energy transition through innovation and technology."
Sagara currently serves as chairman and CEO of SDG&E and is credited with raising the company's standing as a national leader in wildfire safety and clean energy. Previously, he served as president of Sempra Renewables, leading that business to become one of the largest renewable energy companies in the U.S. Sagara's leadership at the national level includes his service as a director of the Edison Electric Institute.
Winn has served as chief operating officer at SDG&E since 2017 and is responsible for SDGE's industry leadership in sustainability, technology and innovation, including the company's significant advances in safety and wildfire mitigation. She previously served as SDG&E's chief energy delivery officer, vice president of customer services and has held other operational leadership positions. She first joined the company in 1986 as an associate engineer. Winn also serves as the chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Under Drury's leadership as president of SDG&E since 2017, the utility strengthened the safety and reliability of the energy grid and provided customers with increasingly cleaner energy choices while maintaining affordability and expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region. Previously, he served as SDG&E's chief energy supply officer and vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion. He has been with the Sempra Energy family of companies since 1986.
Bret Lane, currently CEO of SoCalGas, is retiring after 38 years of distinguished service for the company.
The CEO appointments are effective Aug. 1, 2020. Sagara's appointment as group president of Sempra Energy is effective June 27, 2020.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $60 billion in total assets in 2019, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers worldwide. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in sustainability, and diversity and inclusion, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.
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Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, SDG&E or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.