Caroline Winn speaks in front of a helitanker leased by SDG&E to fight wildfires. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Sempra Energy on Tuesday announced three key executive appointments overseeing its Southern California utility companies San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.

Kevin C. Sagara was named group president of Sempra Energy, overseeing SDG&E and SoCalGas. Caroline A. Winn, chief operating officer of SDG&E, was promoted to CEO. Scott D. Drury, president of SDG&E, was named CEO of SoCalGas.

“Our company’s long-standing focus on developing leaders of character includes recognizing and promoting leaders who are committed to furthering our safety culture and leading the energy transition through innovation and technology,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy, in announcing the promotions.

Sagara currently serves as chairman and CEO of SDG&E and is credited with raising the company’s standing as a national leader in wildfire safety and clean energy. Previously, he served as president of Sempra Renewables, leading that business to become one of the largest renewable energy companies in the United States. Sagara’s leadership at the national level includes his service as a director of the Edison Electric Institute.

Kevin Sagara speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit in 2015. Courtesy of the summitt

Winn has served as chief operating officer at SDG&E since 2017 and is responsible for SDGE’s industry leadership in sustainability, technology and innovation, including the company’s advances in safety and wildfire mitigation. She previously served as SDG&E’s chief energy delivery officer, vice president of customer services, and has held other operational leadership positions. She joined the company in 1986 as an associate engineer. Winn also serves as the chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Under Drury’s leadership as president of SDG&E since 2017, the utility strengthened the safety and reliability of its energy grid while providing customers with cleaner energy choices and expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region. Previously, he served as SDG&E’s chief energy supply officer and vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion. He has been with the Sempra Energy family of companies since 1986.

Bret Lane, currently CEO of SoCalGas, is retiring after 38 years of distinguished service for the company.

The CEO appointments are effective Aug. 1. Sagara’s appointment as group president of Sempra Energy is effective June 27, 2020.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.