Jim Piro is president and chief executive officer of Portland General Electric (PGE), and has 41 years’ experience in the utility business. Prior to becoming CEO in 2009, he served nine years as executive vice president of Finance, chief financial officer and treasurer.
A 1974 graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., Piro earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in California and, before working at PGE, worked as a civil engineer for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Piro serves on several boards and is chair of Greater Portland Inc. and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Investment Council. He is a member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission and is active in the business and utility industries, both locally and nationally, serving on the boards of the Oregon Business Council and the Edison Electric Institute. He is also a member of the Electrification Coalition, a national group of business leaders advocating for policies that support electric vehicles. He serves also on the PGE Foundation.
James Lobdell oversees all financial areas, risk management, rates and regulatory affairs, property and facilities.
Since joining PGE in 1984, Lobdell has held a number of key positions within the company and its affiliates. In 2004, he was named vice president of Power Operations & Resource Strategy, after serving as vice president of Power Operations and vice president of Risk Management, Reporting, Controls and Credit.
Before that, he was senior director of Business Development, director of Internal Audit Services and manager of Financial Risk Management and Pricing, where he provided financial risk management for PGE’s wholesale electric and natural gas portfolios.
He is on the board of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, a member of the FM Global Advisory Committee, treasurer of the PGE Foundation and serves as senior fellow for American Leadership Forum.
Lobdell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and is a former Certified Managerial Accountant.
Bill Nicholson oversees Customer Service Operations, Customer Strategies, and Transmission and Distribution Operations.
He previously served as vice president of Distribution Operations and as vice president of Customers and Economic Development.
Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of capacities in Distribution Operations and Generation Engineering.
He serves on the boards of Associated Oregon Industries and the Museum at Warm Springs.
A registered professional engineer, Nicholson belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
He earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University in 1980 and has successfully completed the Harvard University Program on Negotiation, the Utility Executive program from the University of Idaho and the American Leadership Forum, where he serves as a senior fellow.
On July 26, 2017, Maria Pope was appointed by PGE’s board of directors to succeed Jim Piro in the roles of president, CEO and member of the board. On Oct. 1, 2017, Pope will take over as president, and on Jan. 1, 2018 she will also assume the roles of CEO and member of the board when Jim Piro officially retires.
Currently, Pope is senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy, overseeing PGE's energy supply portfolio, operations — including wholesale power, fuels, marketing, trading and long-term resource strategy— and generation facilities, including 15 thermal, hydro and wind facilities.
Pope joined PGE in 2009 as senior vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer. She served on PGE’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining PGE, Pope was chief financial officer of Mentor Graphics Corporation and served in senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. She began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.
She was appointed by Oregon’s governor to chair the Oregon Health & Science University governing board and also serves on the board of Umpqua Holdings Corporation. She has previously served on several other U.S. and Canadian boards. Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Larry Bekkedahl is responsible for PGE's transmission and distribution engineering and operations functions.
He oversees the company's Transmission and Reliability, Engineering and Design, Distribution Services, Asset Management, System Control Center and Dispatch, and Substation Operations sections. He joined PGE in 2014.
Bekkedahl was previously senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration, and he has held other leadership and management positions at BPA, Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company.
He serves on the Electric Power Research Institute's utility executive committee, the University of Akron's energy advisory committee, Intel's utility sector advisory committee, the All Hands Raised Foundation board for Portland Public Schools, and is an elected representative to the PEAK Reliability member advisory board.
Bekkedahl earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University.
Carol Dillin is responsible for customer growth opportunities, leveraging emerging technologies, innovative customer solutions and other potential ventures related to PGE's core energy business. Her division includes PGE's Retail Strategy & Development, Business & Economic Development, Customer Program Management, Customer Program Support, and the Business Customer Group.
During her nearly three decades at PGE, she has served in a variety of capacities, including vice president of Public Policy, director of Corporate Communications & Community Affairs and president of the PGE Foundation.
Dillin serves on the board of the BEST Foundation. She also serves on the Business Advisory Committee at Portland State University and is a board member of the PGE Foundation. She currently serves as the C-Chair for the Edison Electric Institute’s Electrification Task Force, as well as Chairperson for the annual Marketing Executives Conference.
In 2002, Dillin received the William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award for public relations leadership and expertise by the Public Relations Society of America – Columbia-Willamette Chapter.
Dillin is a graduate of the University of Oregon with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish.
Lisa Kaner is responsible for all of PGE's legal affairs and coordinates the company's internal audit, ethics and compliance and FERC compliance activities. Before joining PGE in 2017, Kaner successfully handled important contract, employment and other commercial cases at the Portland office of Markowitz Herbold PC. In addition to being honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential business women, Kaner was recognized for her public service by the Oregon State Bar. She is an active member of our community where she has coached the Lincoln High School Constitution Team and the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team. She has a bachelor’s degree in European history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Anne Mersereau oversees PGE’s efforts to develop, attract and retain a diverse and engaged workforce. Mersereau joined PGE in 2009 as an HR Business Partner and has served employees in Line Operations as well as Transmission & Distribution engineers, Substation Operations, Service & Design and Public Policy. She most recently served as HR Employee Services manager, leading HR Operations including HR Systems Reporting & Analytics, Payroll, Service Center, Health Services and other areas. Prior to PGE, Mersereau held leadership positions with such organizations as Hilton Hotels Corporation and Marsh USA. Active in the community, she is vice chair for both Impact NW and YWCA, nonprofits active in the Portland area. Mersereau earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and human resources from Washington State University.
Dave Robertson oversees PGE's Corporate Communications, Government Relations, Environmental Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Continuity – Emergency Management Operations, Records and Security. He joined PGE in 2004. Before taking on the role of vice president in 2009, Robertson served five years as director of PGE's Government Affairs department.
Robertson has 25 years of experience in the energy policy area. Before joining PGE, he served as director of government relations-west for Pacific Gas & Electric's National Energy Group. Robertson was a member of U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield's legislative policy staff in both Washington, D.C., and Oregon, and was a consultant at Robertson Grosswiler & Co. as well.
Robertson is a member of the Portland Business Alliance Executive Committee, the Oregon Business Association Board and a member of the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon and completed the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette University.
Kristin Stathis oversees PGE's Customer Service Operations department, including Smart Metering Operations, Meter Services & Field Operations, Billing, Credit, Revenue Collections, Community Offices, Direct Access Operations, and Customer Contact Operations areas.
A 22-year-veteran of PGE, Stathis has served in a broad range of roles throughout the organization. She served as general manager of Revenue Operations, assistant treasurer and manager of Corporate Finance and general manager of Power Supply Risk Management.
She also serves on the boards of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, Marylhurst University, and the Western Energy Institute.
Stathis earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and a certificate in accounting from Portland State University.