Sempra Energy makes slew of leadership changes

Sempra Energy announced several executive appointments Sept. 13 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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2015 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.