PG&E Names Geisha Williams Executive Vice President of Electric Operations
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced its second major organizational realignment in the span of two weeks, consolidating all of the utility's electric operations under a single operating unit headed by a newly appointed Executive Vice President. Geisha Williams, who has served as Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery at PG&E for more than three years, will be responsible for the new organization as Executive Vice President of Electric Operations, effective June 1. She will report directly to utility President Chris Johns.
Williams was recruited to PG&E in 2007 after more than 24 years at Florida Power and Light Company, one of the nation's most respected electric utilities. There she served as Vice President, Power Systems, Distribution, responsible for asset management and strategy, maintenance and construction, distribution operations, and emergency preparedness and response. She also directed efforts that improved electric reliability, including a successful multiyear infrastructure investment program.
Williams' appointment builds on the announcement last week that PG&E is moving forward with a corresponding realignment of its natural gas operations. The utility appointed Nick Stavropoulos, a veteran gas operations expert with more than 30 years of gas industry experience, as the Executive Vice President of Gas Operations. Stavropoulos will oversee PG&E's sweeping efforts to turn around its natural gas operations. "Geisha will have the same clear mission and mandate we gave to Nick: to raise the company's electric operations to world-class safety and performance levels," said C. Lee Cox, interim Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. "By making the same commitment to restructuring on the electric side that we've made in our gas operations, we're sending a clear signal that PG&E is leaving no aspect of its operations unexamined today. We're focused on across-the-board improvement."
Since joining PG&E, Williams has been responsible for the maintenance, construction and overall performance of the utility's electric transmission, substation and distribution systems. She already has played a major role in developing the company's comprehensive electric reliability investment strategy, adopting new and more effective and efficient operating practices and procedures, and revamping its employee safety programs. During her tenure, the company has reduced the frequency and the duration of customer power outages to the lowest levels in many years.
Williams serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and has been a champion of diversity and inclusion within PG&E, supporting the Latino Employee Resource Group, the Women's Network and the Black Employees Association.
"With her hands-on leadership style, fresh perspective and deep knowledge of the industry, Geisha has been a force for innovation and change within our electric operations since joining the company," said PG&E President Christopher P. Johns. "Her track record at PG&E has shown she has the knowledge and leadership skills to drive real performance improvements on behalf of our customers. There's no one better suited to take our electric operations to the next level and help us achieve the goal to set the bar for the rest of the industry."
Cox added: "We've now put in place two of the top energy executives in the country and given them the authority to make major changes. Now let's give them a chance to make a difference."
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.