Sempra Energy names Carlos Ruiz as CEO of Mexican operations

Sempra Energy announced that Carlos Ruiz has been named chairman and CEO of the company’s Mexican operating subsidiary, Sempra Mexico.

Ruiz served on Sempra Energy’s corporate board of directors from 2007 until earlier this week.  In his newly created position, Ruiz will be responsible for management of all of Sempra Energy’s Mexican operations.

Sempra Mexico is a wholly owned subsidiary and part of Sempra International, one of Sempra Energy’s four principal operating divisions.  Sempra Mexico has nearly 400 employees and more than $2 billion in assets, including natural gas pipelines and distribution utilities, a liquefied natural gas receipt terminal and a natural gas-fired power plant.  The company also is developing a major wind energy project in northern Baja California, Mexico.

“With his extensive experience in Mexico’s energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, Carlos Ruiz has the necessary expertise and leadership to manage this critical segment of our business as it continues to grow,” said Debra L. Reed, CEO of Sempra Energy.

Ruiz is a partner in an investment banking and infrastructure project firm, Proyectos Estrategicos Integrales, S.C.  He also serves on several boards of directors, including Southern Copper Corp. and OHL Concesiones Mexico, S.A. de C.V.  These firms have no business relationship with Sempra Energy or any of its affiliates.

Prior to joining Proyectos Estrategicos Integrales, S.C. in 2001, Ruiz spent six years serving as Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, where he oversaw the restructuring of the country’s communications and transportation sectors to increase investment, broaden competition and improve infrastructure. Previously, he served in several posts at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Mexican Treasury and with PEMEX, Mexico’s largest company.

Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Also, Sempra Energy announced that Arturo Infanzon has been named to the newly created position of chief operating officer for Sempra Mexico.  Infanzon has served as vice president of Mexican operations for Sempra International since January.

Previously, Infanzon was vice president and director of operations for Sempra Pipelines & Storage, which became part of Sempra International in January.  He also has served as controller of operations in Mexico and general manager for ECOGAS, Sempra Energy’s gas distribution utility in Mexico.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1997, Infanzon worked for Price Waterhouse and First National Bank.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexico and a master’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.

Sempra International distributes energy and operates in competitive energy markets of the Americas.  Its subsidiaries develop, build and operate energy infrastructure assets, and distribute natural gas in Mexico and electricity to customers in Chile and Peru.