Sempra Energy has expanded its board of directors, adding one with deep ties to Mexico, the parent company of SDG&E announced Tuesday.
Mayer, 55, is president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ixia, a Calabasas-based computer network solutions and security provider. Conesa, 47, is CEO of Grupo Aeromexico, a holding company with subsidiaries engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico.
“Bethany Mayer and Andrés Conesa will broaden the experience and breadth of Sempra Energy’s board as we continue to expand our market footprint and innovate in the energy industry,” said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.
Mayer has served in her current role with Ixia since 2014. From 2010 to 2014, she held a variety of leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, including senior vice president and general manager of its network functions virtualization business, Sempra said in a press release.
From 2007 to 2010, Mayer was senior vice president, worldwide marketing and corporate development, of Blue Coat Systems, a cybersecurity and network management firm. Previously, she held management roles at Cisco Systems, Apple and Lockheed Martin.
Mayer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Conesa has been Grupo Aeromexico’s CEO since 2005. Previously, from 2003 to 2005, he was the chairman of the board of directors of CINTRA (the holding company of Aeromexico and Mexicana). Previously, he spent seven years serving in Mexico’s Ministry of Finance, including as deputy undersecretary for public credit from 2003 to 2004.
Conesa holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sempra Energy now has 13 board members.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2016 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 16,000 employees serve about 32 million consumers worldwide.
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