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Debra L. Reed is chairman of the board of directors, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
Previously, Reed served as executive vice president of Sempra Energy. From 2006 to 2010, she was president and chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and SoCalGas, Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
From 2004 to 2006, Reed was president and chief operating officer of SDG&E and SoCalGas and, before that, president of SDG&E and chief financial officer of both companies.
She joined SoCalGas in 1978 and became the company’s first female officer 10 years later. Currently, Reed is one of 32 female chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, and, from 2011 to 2016, she was recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business.” Reed also was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s most influential female CEOs.
In 2014, the U.S. Secretary of Energy appointed Reed to the National Petroleum Council, a privately funded, federally chartered industry advisory board to the federal government on matters pertaining to oil and natural gas industries.
Reed serves on the boards of directors of Halliburton Co. and Caterpillar Inc. She is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, where she serves on the Energy and Environment Committee and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. Both associations are composed of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations. She is a member of The Trusteeship, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum. Additionally, she serves on the Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center Board of Trustees and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego Board of Directors, the board of councilors of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and the Chairman’s Competitiveness Council of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, where she formerly served as chair. Previously, she served on the boards of directors of Genentech and Avery Dennison Corp.
Reed graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.