Southern California Gas Co. Monday announced the appointments of Jimmie I. Cho as the company’s chief operating officer and Maryam S. Brown as president.

Cho currently is senior vice president of customer services for SoCalGas and senior vice president of distribution operations for SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric, and Brown’s current title is vice president of federal government affairs for parent company Sempra Energy.

They will succeed Bret Lane, who was president and COO of SoCalGas before being appointed CEO of the company last month.

Cho’s appointment is effective Jan. 12. Brown’s start date in her new role is pending.

“Today’s announcement of these executive appointments strengthens our leadership team with a balance of deep operational and energy policy experience,” Lane said.

In his 28 years with Sempra Energy’s utilities, Cho has served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior vice president of gas transmission and distribution, vice president of gas transmission and distribution and vice president of human resources. He first joined SoCalGas as an environmental engineer in 1990.

Previously, Cho was director of resource conservation and public outreach at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The onetime chairman of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Brown University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.

Brown joined Sempra Energy in 2016 as vice president of federal government affairs after serving as the senior energy and environment counsel for the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2011 to 2012, she was the energy chief counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

From 2010 to 2011, Brown was policy counsel for the U.S. Senate’s Republican Policy Committee, and, from 2008 to 2010, she was manager of public policy and strategic planning for ConocoPhillips.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a law degree from Louisiana State University.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States with 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California.

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