Sempra Energy said it appointed Bethany J. Mayer to a newly created position of executive vice president of corporate development and technology for the company.
Mayer, currently an executive partner with Siris Capital Group LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, will join Sempra Energy Nov. 26 in her new role, reporting to Jeffrey W. Martin, CEO of Sempra Energy.
Mayer served on the Sempra Energy board of directors from February 2017 until Oct. 30, 2018, when she resigned her board position in advance of assuming her new management role with the company.
As executive vice president of corporate development and technology, Mayer will lead the company's strategy, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions activity, cybersecurity, digital technology and certain human resources activities.
"We are building North America's premier energy infrastructure company and, every day, we are striving to better serve the changing energy needs of more than 40 million consumers worldwide," said Martin.
"Bethany Mayer's appointment underscores the increasingly critical role technology plays today and in the future in our business. We are thrilled to have someone of Bethany's caliber join our executive team. She is an innovator with deep technology and business experience, who will provide leadership as we seek new and better ways to serve our customers."
Prior to joining Siris Capital Group, Mayer was president and CEO of Ixia, a publicly traded $500 million company and market leader in test, visibility and security solutions. During her tenure at Ixia, Mayer drove the growth of the company in key new markets, culminating in a successful sale of the company to Keysight Technologies Inc. in 2017. She brings more than 25 years of technology experience serving in executive roles in companies both large and small. Prior to Ixia, Mayer was senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard's $2.5 billion networking business unit and Network Functions Virtualization business unit. Previously, Mayer served as senior vice president of marketing and alliances for Blue Coat Systems and held leadership roles at both Cisco Systems and Apple.
In addition to serving as a Sempra Energy director, Mayer also holds director positions with Marvell Technology and DataStax Inc.
In 2017, Mayer was awarded the Global Leader of the Year Award by Women in IT and was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology" in both 2015 and 2016 by The National Diversity Council.
In 2015, she was named to The Channel Company's prestigious 2015 CRN® Top 100 list as one of the technology industry's "Top 25 Disruptors" – executives who have made the most significant impact on the technology sector.
Mayer holds a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Monterey Bay, where she received the Distinguished Alumni award in 2018.
Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion, is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide.