San Diego Gas & Electric names new chairman, CEO

Sempra Energy said Kevin C. Sagara has become chairman and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric.

Sagara, 57, former president of Sempra Renewables, has worked for the Sempra Energy family of companies in a range of leadership roles for 22 years.

“Sustainability and innovation have become an increasingly important focus of SDG&E‘s approach to customer service and Kevin Sagara’s expertise in these areas will further enhance the depth of SDG&E’s already strong leadership team,” said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy. “Kevin’s extensive commercial, legal, technology and regulatory experience will help SDG&E continue to adapt to the rapidly changing energy landscape.”

Scott D. Drury, president of SDG&E since the beginning of 2017, will continue in his current role, reporting to Sagara. Under Drury’s leadership, SDG&E has become a national leader in providing clean, safe and reliable energy.

About 45 percent of the utility’s power supplies are sourced from renewable energy. Earlier this year, the Edison Electric Institute awarded SDG&E with the organization’s 2018 Edison Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the electric utility industry.

Sagara, who will report to Householder in his new role as chairman and CEO of SDG&E, has served as president of Sempra Renewables since 2014. Sagara helped Sempra Renewables grow to become one of the largest renewable energy companies in the U.S. Previously, from 2013 to 2014, he was vice president of renewables and corporate development for Sempra Energy’s non-utility infrastructure development group. From 2010 to 2013, Sagara was vice president and general counsel in the infrastructure group. Prior to that, for seven years, he served as vice president and associate general counsel, corporate and commercial law, for Sempra Energy. Sagara first joined the Sempra Energy family of companies in 1992 as an attorney with SDG&E. He left Sempra Energy to work in the technology sector from 1999 to 2003.

Sagara is a member of the board of trustees of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and has served as a member on the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice in Nevada. He also is on the advisory committee of the Harnessing Plants Initiative at the Salk Institute.

Sagara has a bachelor’s degree in geography-ecosystems from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion. Sempra Energy is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide.

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