/PG&E appoints Patricia Poppe as next CEO – KCRA Sacramento

PG&E appoints Patricia Poppe as next CEO – KCRA Sacramento


Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has selected Patricia Poppe to be its next CEO. Poppe will start the job in January. Right now, she serves as the president and CEO of CMS Energy Co. in Michigan.“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working alongside PG&E’s 23,000 employees to deliver for our customers in Northern and Central California,” Poppe said in a prepared statement. “As California’s largest utility, PG&E has the privilege of powering one of the world’s largest economies and the opportunity to help lead the state’s clean energy future. It also faces significant challenges. I am eager to get to know the PG&E team and to join in the critical work of strengthening PG&E for California’s next generation and earning back the community’s trust.”PG&E has been under intense scrutiny because of its role in California wildfires, including the deadly 2018 Camp Fire. Before joining CMS Energy, Poppe worked for DTE Energy and General Motors. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University, as well as a master’s degree in management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.PG&E says interim CEO Bill Smith will remain on its board of directors. He stepped into the role after Bill Johnson retired earlier this year. Johnson became CEO to help guide the company out of bankruptcy following two years of devastating wildfires.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has selected Patricia Poppe to be its next CEO.

Poppe will start the job in January. Right now, she serves as the president and CEO of CMS Energy Co. in Michigan.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working alongside PG&E’s 23,000 employees to deliver for our customers in Northern and Central California,” Poppe said in a prepared statement. “As California’s largest utility, PG&E has the privilege of powering one of the world’s largest economies and the opportunity to help lead the state’s clean energy future. It also faces significant challenges. I am eager to get to know the PG&E team and to join in the critical work of strengthening PG&E for California’s next generation and earning back the community’s trust.”

Patti Poppe

PG&E has been under intense scrutiny because of its role in California wildfires, including the deadly 2018 Camp Fire.

Before joining CMS Energy, Poppe worked for DTE Energy and General Motors. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University, as well as a master’s degree in management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

PG&E says interim CEO Bill Smith will remain on its board of directors. He stepped into the role after Bill Johnson retired earlier this year. Johnson became CEO to help guide the company out of bankruptcy following two years of devastating wildfires.

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