SoCalGas Names Jimmie I. Cho Chief Operating Officer and Maryam S. Brown President

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that Jimmie I. Cho has been named the company's chief operating officer and, Maryam S. Brown, the company's president. 

Cho currently is senior vice president of customer services for SoCalGas and senior vice president of distribution operations for SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Brown currently serves as vice president of federal government affairs for Sempra Energy. In their new roles, Cho and Brown succeed Bret Lane, who was president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas before being appointed CEO of the company last month.

"Today's announcement of these executive appointments strengthens our leadership team with a balance of deep operational and energy policy experience," said Lane. "SoCalGas continues to be a champion for balanced energy solutions offering Californians energy choice and affordability."

In his 28 years with Sempra Energy's utilities, Cho has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as senior vice president of gas transmission and distribution, vice president of gas transmission and distribution and vice president of human resources. He first joined SoCalGas as an environmental engineer in 1990.

Previously, Cho was director of resource conservation and public outreach at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Cho serves on the board of directors of the National Utilities Diversity Council and previously was chairman of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.

He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Brown University and a master's degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.

Brown joined Sempra Energy in 2016 as vice president of federal government affairs.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she served as the senior energy and environment counsel for the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, from 2011 to 2012, she was the energy chief counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2010 to 2011, Brown was policy counsel for the U.S. Senate's Republican Policy Committee, and, from 2008 to 2010, she was manager of public policy and strategic planning for ConocoPhillips.

Brown holds both a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a law degree (Order of the Coif) from Louisiana State University.

Cho's appointment is effective Jan. 12.  Brown's appointment will be effective at a yet-to-be-determined future date.

About SoCalGas 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company's pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians — about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.  

SoCalGas is committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure, while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2013 through 2017, the company spent nearly $6 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. The company is also committed to being a leader in the region's clean energy future, and is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas from dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants and the development of renewable energy storage technologies. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

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Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

About Southern California Gas Co.: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

 

 

SOURCE Southern California Gas Company

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