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Sempra Energy makes new appointments

The San Diego-based energy company and LNG operator Sempra Energy has several executive appointments as it implements its leadership succession plan.

Last month, Debra L. Reed said she will step down as the company’s CEO and president on May 1, and fully retire as chairman on December 1.

The company has already named successors to Debra Reed, both effective May 1.

Sempra noted in a statement that Joseph Householder, who will succeed Reed as Sempra’s president has been named chief operating officer.

Dennis Arriola has been appointed Sempra Energy’s chief strategy officer and executive vice president of external affairs and South America. Previously, Arriola was Sempra Energy’s executive vice president of corporate strategy and external affairs, and now has added responsibility for oversight of the company’s South American operations.

Additionally, Trevor I. Mihalik has been appointed Sempra Energy’s executive vice president and chief financial officer and Peter Wall, the company’s vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, both effective May 1.

Mihalik has more than 27 years of financial experience in the energy industry, with extensive knowledge of capital markets, financial reporting, accounting, treasury, market risk, credit risk and settlements, as well as contract administration and systems.

He joined Sempra Energy in 2012 as controller and chief accounting officer and was promoted to senior vice president in 2013.

Previously, Mihalik was senior vice president of finance at a U.S. subsidiary of Iberdrola S.A., a multinational utility and energy company based in Bilbao, Spain. Prior to that, he was vice president of finance for Chevron Natural Gas and also served as its vice president of finance and chief financial officer for a natural gas marketing, trading and storage joint venture. Mihalik spent the first nine years of his career working in Houston and London in the energy practice of PwC.

Wall, currently vice president and chief financial officer for Sempra Energy’s domestic infrastructure businesses, will report to Mihalik, when they both assume their new roles May 1.

Previously, Wall was vice president and chief financial officer for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a predecessor to Sempra Energy’s renewable energy and natural gas businesses. He joined Sempra Energy as assistant controller in 2012 after a 14-year career with Ernst & Young, a global accounting and consulting firm.

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