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Sempra Energy Appoints Two New Directors

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (SRE) has appointed Bethany Jean Mayer and Andrés Conesa to its board of directors.

Mayer, 55, is president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ixia, a Calabasas, Calif.-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. Previously, 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. 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 approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.

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Factors, among others, that could cause actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements include: actions and the timing of actions, including decisions, new regulations, and issuances of permits and other authorizations by the California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, states, cities and counties, and other regulatory and governmental bodies in the United States and other countries in which we operate; the timing and success of business development efforts and construction projects, including risks in obtaining or maintaining permits and other authorizations on a timely basis, risks in completing construction projects on schedule and on budget, and risks in obtaining the consent and participation of partners; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation and regulatory investigations; deviations from regulatory precedent or practice that result in a reallocation of benefits or burdens among shareholders and ratepayers; modifications of settlements; and delays in, or disallowance or denial of, regulatory agency authorizations to recover costs in rates from customers (including with respect to regulatory assets associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station facility and 2007 wildfires) or regulatory agency approval for projects required to enhance safety and reliability; the availability of electric power, natural gas and liquefied natural gas, and natural gas pipeline and storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, moratoriums on the withdrawal or injection of natural gas from or into storage facilities, and equipment failures; changes in energy markets; volatility in commodity prices; moves to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas; and the impact on the value of our investment in natural gas storage and related assets from low natural gas prices, low volatility of natural gas prices and the inability to procure favorable long-term contracts for storage services; risks posed by actions of third parties who control the operations of our investments, and risks that our partners or counterparties will be unable or unwilling to fulfill their contractual commitments; weather conditions, natural disasters, accidents, equipment failures, explosions, terrorist attacks and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of greenhouse gases, radioactive materials and harmful emissions, cause wildfires and subject us to third-party liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance (including costs in excess of applicable policy limits) or may be disputed by insurers; cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees; the ability to win competitively bid infrastructure projects against a number of strong and aggressive competitors; capital markets and economic conditions, including the availability of credit and the liquidity of our investments; fluctuations in inflation, interest and currency exchange rates and our ability to effectively hedge the risk of such fluctuations; changes in the tax code as a result of potential federal tax reform, such as the elimination of the deduction for interest and non-deductibility of all, or a portion of, the cost of imported materials, equipment and commodities; changes in foreign and domestic trade policies and laws, including border tariffs, revisions to favorable international trade agreements, and changes that make our exports less competitive or otherwise restrict our ability to  export; expropriation of assets by foreign governments and title and other property disputes; the impact on reliability of San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) electric transmission and distribution system due to increased amount and variability of power supply from renewable energy sources; the impact on competitive customer rates due to the growth in distributed and local power generation and the corresponding decrease in demand for power delivered through SDG&E's electric transmission and distribution system and from possible departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and on the company's website at www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forecasts or projections or other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico and IEnova are not the same as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

 

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