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Sempra Energy appoints new board member

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Sempra Energy has announced that Maria Contreras-Sweet has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Contreras-Sweet most recently served as the Administrator for the US Small Business Administration, and was a member of Barack Obama’s cabinet from 2014 until the end of his term.

The Chairman, President and CEO of Sempra Energy, Debra L. Reed, said: “We are pleased that Maria Contreras-Sweet has joined our board.

"She has extensive experience working at a senior level in both the public and private sectors, while bringing a strong understanding of financial markets, infrastructure and global innovation."

Before working with the US Small Business Administration, Contreras-Sweet was a founder of ProAmerica Bank and served as its executive chairman from 2006 to 2014. Prior to that, she was a co-founder and managing partner of Fortius Holdings – a private venture-capital firm. From 1999 to 2003, she served as the Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency under Gov. Gray Davis. For part of that time, she chaired the finance committee of the California Independent System Operator. Contreras-Sweet began her career in the private sector with 7-Up/RC Bottling Co.

Sempra Energy now has a total of 14 board members.

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