SoCalGas names new Chief Operating Officer and President

SoCalGas names new Chief Operating Officer and President

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced that Jimmie I. Cho has been named the company’s Chief Operating Officer and, Maryam S. Brown, the company’s President.

Jimmie 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). Maryam 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.

In his 28 years with Sempra Energy’s utilities, Jimmie 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, Jimmie 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.

Jimmie 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.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Maryam 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, Maryam 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.

Jimmie’s appointment is effective January 12. Maryam’s appointment will be effective at a yet-to-be-determined future date.

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