Sempra Energy announces management succession plan

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) announced a management succession plan Sept. 25 ahead of pending retirements in the senior management team later this year and in early 2014.

“Our ability to continue to identify and promote strong leaders has been a critical factor in our success, especially in a changing industry,” said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.  “We are announcing several organizational changes to continue to broaden the depth and experience of our leadership team and fill key roles of those who are retiring.”

All of the new management assignments are effective Jan. 1, 2014, except where otherwise noted.

Jessie J. Knight, Jr., 62, currently chairman and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), will continue as chairman of SDG&E and become Sempra Energy’s executive vice president of external affairs.  On March 1, 2014, Knight also will become chairman of SoCalGas.  Knight has served in his current role at SDG&E since 2010.  Previously, Knight was executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy.

Jeffrey W. Martin, 51, currently president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, will become CEO of SDG&E.  He has served in his current role since 2012.  Prior to joining Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Martin was president and CEO of Sempra Generation (whose operations were consolidated into Sempra U.S. Gas & Power in 2011) and vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy.

Anne Shen Smith, 59, currently chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), will retire March 1, 2014, after a 36-year career with the company.  She has served as CEO of SoCalGas since 2012, prior to which she was chief operating officer of the company.

Dennis V. Arriola, 52, currently president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas, will become president and CEO of SoCalGas, succeeding Smith.  Arriola has spent most of the past 20 years serving in a broad range of leadership roles for the Sempra Energy companies.  He has been president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas since 2012.

Patricia K. Wagner, 51, currently vice president of audit services for Sempra Energy, will become president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, succeeding Martin. Wagner has held several key management positions in the Sempra Energy companies in finance, operations and information technology.  She has served as Sempra Energy’s vice president of internal audit since 2012.

Michael R. Niggli, 63, president and chief operating officer for SDG&E, will retire Dec. 1, 2013.  He has spent most of his 42-year energy industry career working for the Sempra Energy companies.  He has served as president and chief operating officer of SDG&E since 2010.

Steven D. Davis, 57, currently senior vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy, will become president and chief operating officer of SDG&E.  In his current position, which he has held since 2012, Davis is responsible for corporate external affairs including governmental and regulatory affairs, communications, issues management and the corporate secretary and sustainability functions.

J. Bret Lane, 54, will become chief operating officer at SoCalGas, effective March 1, 2014, succeeding Arriola.  Lane has served as senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity for SoCalGas since 2012, responsible for all aspects of gas delivery services, including region operations, engineering, transmission, storage and pipeline safety.

Additional background information on Knight, Martin, Smith, Arriola, Wagner, Niggli, Davis and Lane is available on the websites of the Sempra Energy companies, accessible through www.sempra.com.

Sempra Energy’s four principal subsidiaries are SDG&E, SoCalGas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sempra International.