San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 2, 2007 – U.S. utility PG&E Corporation has announced promotions and a new appointment to its leadership team. The company’s board of directors has elected Greg S. Pruett to senior vice president, Corporate Relations. In addition, the board of directors of PG&E Corporation's utility unit, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, has elected Patricia M. Lawicki as senior vice president and chief information officer for the utility; Geisha J. Williams as senior vice president, Energy Delivery; William D. Hayes as vice president, Maintenance and Construction; and Mark S. Johnson, vice president, Electric Operations and Engineering.
"Today's announcement reinforces the fact that we have incredible talent within our current team and that we also can enhance our management team from the outside as well," said Peter A. Darbee, PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President. "Each of these leaders, with their vast breadth of experience, will continue to help move PG&E to the next level as we pursue becoming the leading utility in the nation."
Pruett is being promoted from his current role as vice president, Corporate Relations, which he assumed in March. He is responsible for all branding and advertising efforts for both the Corporation and the utility, as well as leading and managing all communications activities for the entire enterprise. He previously worked as the vice president of communications and marketing for the American Gas Association. Pruett has 27 years of experience and expertise in communications and public affairs, including senior leadership positions at Bechtel and PG&E. He has a B.A. in journalism from California State University Fresno. He reports to Peter Darbee.
Lawicki joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company as vice president and chief information officer in January 2005. In her new role she will continue to lead the Information Technology group, including the support of current mission-critical systems and the development of the technology strategy and architecture for the utility's business transformation initiatives. Previously, Lawicki held a number of leadership positions at NiSource, Inc., an electric and gas utility holding company. She has a bachelor's degree in technology management from Purdue University, as well as a master's degree and an MBA from Indiana University. She reports to Pacific Gas and Electric Company President and CEO Bill Morrow.
Williams comes to Pacific Gas and Electric Company from Florida Power and Light Company where her career spanned nearly 25 years. She most recently served as vice president, Power Systems, Distribution, responsible for asset management and planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and restoration for the entire electric distribution infrastructure serving 4.4 million customers. Williams previously held a variety of positions in customer service, marketing and distribution operations. She has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Williams reports to Morrow and she succeeds Jeffrey T. Butler, who will become senior vice president of transformation initiatives.
In addition to leading the energy delivery organization, Butler has been integral in helping oversee the utility's large-scale effort to transform the way it does business. In his new position, he will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and counsel to Morrow as the company takes its transformation efforts beyond this year. Butler has been with the utility since 1979, holding a variety of engineering positions in the hydroelectric business before moving on to multiple management roles in generation, electric transmission and distribution. He also served as vice president, Distribution Operations, Maintenance and Construction prior to his current role. Butler received his B.S. in electrical and electronic engineering from California State University, Chico.
Hayes currently serves as senior director of customer field services. In his new position he will be responsible for distribution maintenance and construction for the southern portion of PG&E's service area. Hayes has been with PG&E for more than 30 years in a variety of positions at numerous locations. He has a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University. Hayes will report to the senior vice president, energy delivery.
Johnson currently serves as senior director of electric operations and engineering. In his new position he will have the primary responsibility for directing the electric transmission and distribution operations and engineering function throughout the service area and the utility's overall electric delivery strategy. He joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company last year from E.ON U.S. in Louisville, Kentucky. Johnson received a B.S. in civil engineering technology from Murray State University. He reports to Ed Salas, senior vice president for engineering and operations.
All appointments except Williams, Butler and Hayes are effective November 1, 2007. Their roles will begin on December 1, 2007.