Sempra shuffles executive lineup

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego-based Sempra Energy Wednesday announced upcoming changes at the top of the executive lineup for subsidiaries San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.

SDGE-Connected-LogoJessie Knight Jr., 62, will remain chairman of SDG&E and add the title of executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra and, on March 1 next year, become chairman of SoCalGas. Knight has served in his current role at SDG&E since 2010.

His job as CEO of SDG&E will be filled by Jeffrey Martin, 51, who is now the president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas Power.

Michael Niggli, 63, president and chief operating officer for SDG&E, will retire Dec. 1, according to the company. He has spent most of his 42-year career working for the Sempra Energy companies, and has been serving in his present capacity for three years.

His replacement will be Steven Davis, 57, now the senior vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy.

Also, Anne Shen Smith, 59, currently the chairman and CEO of SoCalGas, will retire March 1, 2014, after a 36-year career with the company. She has served as CEO of SoCalGas since last year, prior to which she was COO of the company.

Smith will be succeeded by Dennis Arriola, 52, currently the president and COO of SoCalGas. He 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 COO of SoCalGas since 2012.

“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 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.”

San Diego Gas & Electric provides energy to San Diego and southern Orange counties. SoCalGas delivers natural gas to customers in the rest of Southern and some of Central California.

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