WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates Geisha Williams for being elected as the new CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. She is the first woman to take such a position at the company, and will assume the role in March 2017.
"We applaud Geisha Williams for breaking a glass ceiling in corporate America and being elected as CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. She is the first woman, who happens to be Hispanic, to be named to this position," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "This signals a new beginning for the utility industry. It shows that Latinas too can earn command of Fortune 200 companies. Geisha's lengthy track record of reliability and strategic leadership in the energy and utility industries, both at PG&E and Florida Power and Light, makes her incredibly qualified for the role. When you harness the power of women, you unleash success for your business. The USHCC is thrilled that PG&E Corporation has recognized this truth, and is proud of Geisha for this incredible achievement."
"Geisha Williams has been at the forefront of promoting clean energy within PG&E, and will continue to promote this transformational goal," said USHCC Chairman Don Salazar. "She played a significant part in shifting the company to getting 30% of its energy from renewable resources. Additionally, Geisha's experience as President of Electric at PG&E will help guide her as she maintains the company's electrical grid, which serves Northern and Central California. We believe that her 21st century leadership is what will bring even greater success to PG&E Corporation. The USHCC commends PG&E Corporation for naming Geisha as CEO, and cannot wait to work with her in the future."
Geisha Williams joined PG&E in 2007, and was named Executive Vice President, Electric Operations in 2011. In 2015, she was named President, Electric and a member of PG&E's board. Williams also took on additional responsibilities, taking charge of the enterprise-wide Customer Care organization, and playing a key role in handling the shutdown of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Before her tenure at PG&E, she held officer level positions leading electric distribution, as well as a variety of positions in the fields of customer service, marketing, external affairs, and electric operations at Florida Power and Light Company, the third-largest electric utility in the United States.
Williams obtained a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from University of Miami, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She also serves as the Board Chair for the Center for Energy and Workforce Development, as a trustee at the California Academy of Sciences, and as a Director at the Edison Electric Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. She is also a member of the University of Miami President's Council, and of Executive women in Energy.
PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California's largest investor-owned utility. PG&E serves nearly 16 million Californians across a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California.
About the USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.