With a Focus on Safety and Customers, PG&E Names New Leaders In Electric Operations, and Gas and Electric Engineering
Janisse Quiñones, Christine Cowsert Chapman and
Martin Wyspianski are ‘Emblematic of the New PG&E,’ Says CEO
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that
it has named new leaders for its Electric Operations, Gas
Engineering and Electric Engineering organizations. Janisse
Quiñones, Christine Cowsert Chapman and Martin Wyspianski will help
continue to transform PG&E’s electric and gas systems with a
focus on safety, reliability and readiness for California’s
changing energy landscape in the years ahead.
“Janisse, Christine and Martin are emblematic of the new
PG&E. These talented leaders are trained engineers who live and
breathe safety and carry an unwavering focus on our customers and
the hometowns that we’re privileged to serve. We are continuing to
benefit from a strong bench of high-quality leaders with deep
operational expertise to deliver results on behalf of our
customers,” said Patti Poppe, PG&E Corporation CEO.
Quiñones, currently PG&E’s Senior Vice President, Gas
Engineering, will become Senior Vice President, Electric
Operations. Quiñones, who joined PG&E last year, has more than
two decades in the utility industry, including roles of increasing
responsibility in electric and gas distribution, wildfire
mitigation, vegetation management, emergency management, maps and
records, gas engineering, customer service, and energy efficiency
Quiñones has proven leadership capabilities as she is also a
Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, serving as Emergency
Preparedness Liaison Officer supporting FEMA Region 9, which
oversees federal emergency management for 150 tribal nations and
nine states and territories, including California. She was deployed
in support of Deepwater Horizon, Hurricane Maria, and Operation
Allies Welcome operations.
Quiñones was pivotal in the electric grid restoration and
rebuilding for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, where she led
distribution and transmission line crews directly responsible for
energizing a significant portion of the island.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Quiñones attended the University
of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, where she graduated with a BS in
Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude). She holds advanced
degrees in Business Administration and International Relations, is
a licensed Professional Engineer in five states (MA, RI, TX, NY,
CA), and has extensive experience in California, having spent
almost 10 years working in the state’s utility sector.
Janisse will succeed Wade Smith who is leaving PG&E for an
expanded role at another West Coast utility.
Cowsert Chapman, currently Vice President, Electric Engineering,
Asset and Regulatory, will succeed Quiñones and become Senior Vice
President, Gas Engineering. Cowsert Chapman has been with PG&E
for more than 20 years, most of that in Gas Operations and
Engineering where she led teams responsible for asset and risk
management, engineering, operations, gas control, regulatory
strategy, compliance and innovation.
Cowsert Chapman has a bachelor's degree in mechanical
engineering and a master's degree in business administration from
the University of California, Berkeley and is a registered engineer
Martin Wyspianski, currently Senior Director, Electric & Gas
Acquisition, will succeed Cowsert Chapman and become Vice
President, Electric Engineering, Asset and Regulatory. A PG&E
veteran with 16 years at the company, Wyspianski led the company’s
Renewables Portfolio Standard team as the Senior Director for
Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy. Wyspianski has significant
experience in risk management, having previously led the company’s
enterprise risk management and market and credit risk management
teams. In addition, he has significant project and contract
management experience, having successfully managed
multi-billion-dollar annual portfolios as a steward of customer
dollars. Wyspianski previously led the PG&E grid innovation
team, including interim and permanent grid alternatives to improve
resiliency during wildfire season.
Wyspianski has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from
Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration
from the University of California, Berkeley.
These changes will be effective July 11, 2022.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
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