Anne Shen Smith named president, CEO of Southern California Gas
She has served in a variety of executive roles
SAN DIEGO—Anne Shen Smith has been elected president and CEO of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), a unit of Sempra Energy, the company has announced.
Effective June 1, Smith, currently chief operating officer of SoCalGas, succeeded Michael W. Allman, who has resigned from the position and will be leaving the company.
“We are pleased to have a deep management team with an outstanding leader like Anne Smith who can step into the CEO role at SoCalGas,” said Debra L. Reed, CEO of Sempra Energy.
“Anne’s broad experience in operations, customer service, and environmental and safety management has prepared her well to lead SoCalGas at this time. We appreciate all of Mike Allman’s contributions to the Sempra companies during his 14-year career and wish him well.”
Smith, who joined SoCalGas in 1977 as an operations research analyst, has served in a broad range of management roles during her 35-year career at the company. She has served as SoCalGas’ chief operating officer since 2010. Previously, she was senior vice president of customer services for SoCalGas and SDG&E from 2004 to 2010. From 1991 to 2004, she served in a variety of executive roles at SoCalGas.
Smith serves on the boards of directors for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center and California league of Conservation Voters Education Fund and also on the executive advisory board of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
Smith emigrated from Taiwan in the mid-1960s. She holds a master’s degree in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Southern California Gas Co. today announced a hotline that enables customers to check for buried utility lines before digging in their yards.
Simply dial 811 two days in advance of any digging project, and Underground Service Alert contacts SoCalGas and other utilities that sent out crews to mark buried lines.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have teamed up to invest $440 million in energy efficiency funding into the community. The two utilities now offer several energy-saving, and potentially cost-saving, programs to residential and business customers in their joint service territory.
April is National Safe Digging Month and Southern California Gas Co. is reminding residents and businesses to call 811 to have utility-owned lines marked before digging in the garden or at construction sites. Calling 811 or Underground Service Alert will help avoid possible injury or damage to hidden gas lines or service interruption.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Southern California Gas Co. warned its customers today to brace for higher-than-expected natural gas bills this winter due to unusually cold weather.
The utility said in a statement that it is encouraging increased awareness of energy usage and offering resources to help customers manage costs and, if needed, find assistance paying bills.
The recent cold weather in the region has caused people to turn up their furnaces and, for some, be exposed to potential carbon monoxide poisoning. The Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is urging customers to ensure home heating equipment is operating safely by having their appliances checked by a licensed, qualified professional.