Debra L. Reed is chairman of the board of directors 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' 17,000 employees serve more than 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 Southern California Gas Co. (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 25 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and, from 2011 to 2014, she was recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “50 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 is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, where she serves on the energy and environment and tax and fiscal policy committees. Both associations are composed of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations. Additionally, she is a member of The Trusteeship, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum. Reed serves on the board of directors of Halliburton Co., the board of councilors of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, and on the Chairman’s Competitiveness Council of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, where she formally 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.