Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that Jimmie I. Cho has been named the company's chief operating officer and, Maryam S. Brown, the company's president.
Cho 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). Brown 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.
"Today's announcement of these executive appointments strengthens our leadership team with a balance of deep operational and energy policy experience," said Lane. "SoCalGas continues to be a champion for balanced energy solutions offering Californians energy choice and affordability."
In his 28 years with Sempra Energy's utilities, Cho 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, Cho 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.
Cho 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.
He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Brown University and a master's degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.
Brown joined Sempra Energy in 2016 as vice president of federal government affairs.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she 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, Brown 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.
Brown holds both a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a law degree (Order of the Coif) from Louisiana State University.
Cho's appointment is effective Jan. 12. Brown's appointment will be effective at a yet-to-be-determined future date.