Management changes at SDG&E and SoCalGas


Debra L. Reed,
President & CEO,
SoCalGas and SDG&E
Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries including San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. have announced a number of management changes designed, a company statement says, to bolster their organizations and enhance management experience.

Debra L. Reed, president and CEO of SoCalGas and SDG&E since 2006, will become an executive vice president at Sempra Energy, reporting to Sempra chairman and CEO Donald E. Felsinger. Reed joined SoCalGas in 1978 as an energy systems engineer and has served in a series of increasingly responsible management positions at the utilities, including vice president of human resources and vice president of administrative services for SoCalGas, president of SoCalGas’ operations for residential, small-commercial and industrial customers, and chief financial officer of SDG&E and SoCalGas.

Steven D. Davis, vice president of communications and community partnerships for Sempra Energy since 2006, will become vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy. Davis joined SDG&E in 1980 as an accountant and, among other positions from 2004 to 2006 he served as senior vice president of external relations and chief financial officer for SDG&E and SoCalGas.

Jessie J. Knight, Jr., executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy, will become CEO of SDG&E. From 1999 to 2006, when he joined Sempra Energy, Knight was president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Previously, from 1993 to 1999, he served as a commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and prior to that he held management positions with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Newspaper Agency and Dole Food Co., Inc.

Michael R. Niggli, COO of SoCalGas and SDG&E since 2006, will become president and COO of SDG&E, reporting to Knight. Niggli began his career at SDG&E in 1971, holding management positions in electric and gas operations, fuels acquisition, project management and customer service. He then went on to hold senior positions at Entergy Corp., Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Resources, where he served as chairman and CEO of the merged Nevada utilities, before returning to Sempra as president of Sempra Generation in 2000.

Michael W. Allman, president and CEO of Sempra Generation since 2006, will become president and CEO of SoCalGas. Prior to 2006, Allman served as chief financial officer of Sempra Energy’s competitive energy businesses and, previously, vice president of audit services. He also oversaw technology and telecommunications ventures for the company. Allman joined Sempra Energy in 1998 as vice president of corporate planning and development.

Anne S. Smith, senior vice president of customer services for SoCalGas and SDG&E since 2006, will become COO of SoCalGas, reporting to Allman. Smith, who began her career with SoCalGas in 1977, has held a variety of positions with the utility, including vice president of customer service and marketing, vice president of support services and vice president of environmental and safety.

“A critical part of the success of the Sempra Energy companies over the years has been their ability to adapt to the needs of the changing marketplace and develop a dynamic leadership team with broad experience,” said Felsinger. “We and our subsidiaries are making these organizational changes to create a stronger engine for business growth and leadership development.”

All of these changes are effective March 29, 2010.