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Sempra LNG announces executive appointments

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Sempra LNG, a unit of Sempra Energy, has announced that Justin Bird has been named President, and Lisa Glatch will become the company’s chief operating officer.

Jeffrey W. Martin, Chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy, said: “The Sempra Energy board and the management team could not be more pleased to match our world-class LNG opportunity with a world-class leadership team.

“This is a powerful combination as we work to become North America's premier energy infrastructure company.

Ruiz Sacristán said: “We are well positioned to serve the growing Atlantic and Pacific markets with five strategically located development projects that will provide direct access to clean and reliable natural gas.

“Justin and Lisa bring extensive expertise in developing infrastructure projects, marketing capacity, financing, engineering and construction. With their leadership, our LNG business is on solid footing for continued disciplined growth.”

In his previous position as Chief Development Officer of Sempra North American Infrastructure, Bird led the continued development of Sempra’s five LNG projects. He previously led the US$7.4 billion project financing of the Cameron LNG liquefaction project in Hackberry, Louisiana. Earlier in his career, Bird played an important role in the development and commercial arrangements for the Cameron LNG facility and the Energía Costa Azul regasification terminal in Baja California, Mexico. In addition to this, Bird also served in senior leadership roles within the Sempra companies, including vice president of gas infrastructure and special counsel, vice president of compliance and governance, and corporate secretary. In his new role, Bird will focus on marketing and project development.

Glatch, meanwhile, has over 30 years of experience in engineering and construction experience, as well as in the management of multibillion-dollar projects. She will be responsible for engineering and construction, project controls, human resources, external affairs and operations for Sempra LNG. In addition to this, she will continue to serve as the board chair for Cameron LNG. She first joined Sempra Energy last year as strategic initiatives officer, and her primary focus has been to support the completion of Cameron LNG’s Phase 1 – the US$10 billion joint venture liquefaction project under construction – of which Sempra Energy owns 50%. According to the statement, she previously held board and senior executive positions at CH2M, Jacobs and Fluor.

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