Corporate Governance

PGE is committed to conducting business in conformance with the highest behavioral standards and in compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

Board of Directors

Maria Pope

Maria Pope is president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company.

Before becoming CEO in 2018, she served as PGE’s senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. In that role, she oversaw PGE’s transition to the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a foundational step in creating a regional smart grid. She joined PGE in 2009 as the company’s chief financial officer.

As CEO, Pope leads PGE’s strategy to create clean, affordable energy Oregon customers expect, while keeping reliability and resiliency at the forefront of the company’s planning efforts.

Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation. She has also held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. Pope began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.

Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Her other board and commission activities include The Nature Conservancy, Electric Power Research Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

John Ballantine

John Ballantine is a member of PGE's Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Finance Committee.

Ballantine has been an active, self-employed private investor since 1998, when he retired from First Chicago NBD Corporation where he most recently served as executive vice president and Chief Risk Management Officer.

During his 28-year career with First Chicago, Ballantine was responsible for international banking operations, New York operations, Latin American banking, corporate planning, U.S. financial institutions business and a variety of trust operations.

Ballantine also serves as a director of DWS Funds, where he is vice chair of the nominating and governance committee and a member of the audit committee.

He holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Rodney Brown

Rodney Brown is a member of PGE's Finance Committee and Compensation and Human Resources Committee.

Brown is a founding partner of Cascadia Law Group PLLC, a Seattle law firm that specializes in environmental law in the Pacific Northwest. He is the principal author of Washington's Superfund law, the Model Toxics Control Act, and has worked for years to reform and improve the environmental regulatory system.

Brown serves on several non-profit boards including the Bulitt Foundation and the Sightline Institute.

He received his J.D. degree from University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science from Baylor University.

Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Jack Davis

Jack Davis is chair of the PGE board and a member of PGE's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Davis served as CEO of Arizona Public Service Company, Arizona’s largest electricity provider, from September 2002 until his retirement in March 2008.

During his 35 years at APS, he held executive and management positions in various areas of the company, including commercial operations, generation and transmission, customer service, and power operations.

He earned bachelor's degrees in Medical Technology and Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University.

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kirby Dyess

Kirby Dyess is the chair of PGE's Compensation and Human Resources Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Dyess is a principal in Austin Capital Management LLC, where she evaluates, invests in, and assists early stage companies in the Pacific Northwest.

She currently chairs the board of Prolifiq Software. She previously served on the boards of Itron, Inc., Compli and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Prior to forming Austin Capital Management LLC, Dyess spent 23 years in various executive positions at Intel Corporation, most recently as corporate vice president of Intel Corporation and director of Intel Capital.

Chair of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mark

Mark Ganz is a member of PGE's Audit Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee.

Ganz is president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, a health solutions company, and also serves on its board of directors. Cambia’s growing family of companies ranges from software and mobile applications, health care marketplaces, non-traditional health care delivery models, health insurance, life insurance, pharmacy benefit management, wellness and overall consumer engagement.

He has been with Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. since 1992, holding various positions, including president, chief operating officer, chief legal officer and secretary, and chief compliance officer. He was previously president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.

Ganz also serves on the boards of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), where he previously served as board chair; Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA); Echo Health Ventures, Oregon Business Council; Greater Portland Inc., a regional economic development corporation; University of Portland Board of Regents; and the Western Conference of Prepaid Health Plans. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Marie Oh Huber

Marie Oh Huber is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Nominating 
and Corporate Governance Committee.

Huber has over 25 years of experience as a business, legal and public policy leader in global public technology companies in addition to several years in private practice. As the senior vice president of legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of eBay Inc., she oversees the company’s global legal, government relations and public policy department. She has extensive experience in business, digital economy, eCommerce, legal and compliance, government relations and public policy, and operational matters.

Before joining eBay, Huber was senior vice president and general counsel for Agilent Technologies, a solution provider for the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostic and clinical markets, and prior to that, served as corporate counsel for Hewlett-Packard.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kathryn Jackson

Kathryn Jackson is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance Committee.

Jackson has served since January 2016 as the director of energy and technology consulting at KeySource, Inc., where she provides consulting services to clients in business growth, technology development and energy services. Prior to KeySource, Inc., Jackson served as senior vice president and chief technology officer of RTI International Metals and chief technology officer and senior vice president of research and technology at Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, a nuclear plant, fuel, and services company.

Jackson’s board service includes director of Cameco Corporation – one of the world’s largest uranium producers, headquartered in Saskatchewan, Canada, the EQT Corporation, a natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and DQE Holdings LLC, Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc., and Duquesne Light Company, which provides transmission and distribution services in Western Pennsylvania. She also serves on advisory boards at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. She has previously served as a director of Hydro One Inc., Rice Energy, Inc. and as board chair of ISO New England.

She holds a doctorate and masters in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s in industrial engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor of science in physics from Grove City College.
 

Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is a member of PGE’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee.

Lewis brings more than 35 years of utility industry experience, including deep subject matter expertise in operations and disaster recovery with Progress Energy, Duke Energy, and most recently, PG&E. Lewis joined PG&E in 2018 as vice president of electric distribution operations, and then served as senior vice president, electric operations. He served as PG&E's interim president from August to December 2020, overseeing the company’s electric operations, including wildfire prevention and response efforts, grid resiliency initiatives, vegetation management programs and emergency preparedness. PG&E's gas, generation and customer service operations also reported to him.

Before joining PG&E, Lewis held a number of executive leadership positions at Duke Energy. As Duke Energy's senior vice president and chief distribution officer (2016 to 2018), and senior vice president and chief transmission officer (2015 to 2016), Lewis oversaw electric distribution and transmission operations for the company's six-state service area, helping it achieve industry-leading safety benchmarks and strengthen its grid resiliency and disaster preparedness. Lewis worked for Progress Energy from 1985 until its merger with Duke Energy in 2012, most recently serving as senior vice president of energy delivery.

Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He attended both the Advanced Management Program at Duke University and an Executive Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Lewis serves on the California Governor's Earthquake Advisory Commission and is a member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies.

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
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Michael Millegan is a member of PGE’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee.

Millegan advises early-stage companies on strategy that drives technology innovation and shareholder value. He has extensive experience in global sales and marketing, digital media platforms, network infrastructure deployment, cloud computing, cybersecurity, supply chain management and operations.

Previously, he held numerous executive leadership and management positions within Verizon, where he led large-scale and large-scope business units. As president of Verizon Global Wholesale Group, he was responsible for $11 billion in sales revenue, 13,000 employees and $1 billion in capital spending.

Millegan is an independent board director on the board of Wireless Group and a strategic advisor and investor in Windpact and Vettd, Inc. He has served on boards for a variety of business, cultural and civic nonprofits throughout his career.

Millegan holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Angelo State University.

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Finance Committee
Nelson

Neil Nelson chairs PGE's Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Nelson has served as president of Siltronic Corporation, a global leader in the market for hyperpure silicon wafers and a partner to many top-tier chip manufacturers, since July 2003. Nelson also serves on the board of directors of Siltronic Corporation.

Prior to Siltronic Corporation, Nelson served in various positions with Mitsubishi Silicon America, including vice president of operations. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University.  

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
M. Lee Pelton

Lee Pelton chairs PGE’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Pelton was appointed Emerson College's twelfth president in July of 2011. A recognized leader in higher education, Pelton has also served as president of Willamette University, dean of the college at Colgate University and Dartmouth College, and dean of one of Harvard's 13 undergraduate colleges.

He holds a doctorate from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Wichita State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Member of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Charles Shivery

Charles Shivery is the chair of PGE's Finance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Shivery served as chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest utility system, from 2004 until his retirement in 2012, following the completion of the merger between Northeast Utilities and NSTAR.

Prior to joining Northeast Utilities in 2002, Shivery worked for 29 years at Constellation Energy Group, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, where he served in various executive positions, including co-president of Constellation Energy Group.

Member of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Finance Committee
James Torgerson

Jim Torgerson is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance Committee.

Torgerson has more than 30 years of experience as a utility executive, with a track record of shareholder value creation and clean energy development. He brings deep subject matter expertise in renewables and in the competitive new energy industry environment.

From 2015 until his retirement in 2020, Torgerson served as CEO and director at AVANGRID, Inc., a sustainable energy company with more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. Previously, Torgerson was president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corporation from 2006 until 2015, when it merged with Iberdrola USA to form AVANGRID. During his time at UIL Holdings and AVANGRID, Torgerson oversaw the expansion of the regional electric utility to a diversified energy delivery company and one of the largest generators of wind electricity in the U.S., serving natural gas and electric utility customers across multiple states.

Prior to joining UIL Holdings, Torgerson served as president, CEO and board member of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator. He also previously served as CFO for several natural gas and electric utilities in North America, including Puget Sound Energy and Washington Energy Company, where he gained a deep understanding of Northwest energy markets.

Torgerson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University. He is a past Chair of the American Gas Association (2019) and a current trustee of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale-New Haven Health System.

Prior to his retirement, Torgerson served on the board and executive committee of the Edison Electric Institute and co-chaired its CEO Policy Committee on Reliability, Security and Business Continuity. He was also a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry on efforts to prepare for, and respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure.

Member of the Finance Committee
Member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee

Corporate Officers

Maria Pope

Maria Pope is president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company.

Before becoming CEO in 2018, she served as PGE’s senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. In that role, she oversaw PGE’s transition to the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a foundational step in creating a regional smart grid. She joined PGE in 2009 as the company’s chief financial officer.

As CEO, Pope leads PGE’s strategy to create clean, affordable energy Oregon customers expect, while keeping reliability and resiliency at the forefront of the company’s planning efforts.

Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation. She has also held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. Pope began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.

Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Her other board and commission activities include The Nature Conservancy, Electric Power Research Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Jim Ajello

Jim Ajello oversees all aspects of Portland General Electric’s accounting, finance, tax and investor relations efforts.

He joined PGE in 2020, bringing an extensive background in both energy and finance, including over eight years as executive vice president and CFO for Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), where he helped lead its clean energy transformation. In 2020, he became an independent director of HEI’s Hawaiian Electric Company, where he serves on the Audit Committee.

Ajello has also served as senior vice president of Business Development at Reliant Energy, managing director for UBS Financial Services’ Energy and Natural Resources Group, and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York Oneonta, and an MPA from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration.

In 2018, Ajello made a gift to Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, which established a professorship in energy and environmental policy at the university where he lectures and provides ongoing training and research grants for students. He has also been on the board of trustees at Hawaii Pacific University for many years and is chair of its Finance and Investment Committee.

Larry Bekkedahl

Larry Bekkedahl oversees PGE operational areas and is responsible for advancing PGE’s strategy to build the grid of the future — one that is resilient, smart, and delivers a clean energy future.

He oversees PGE’s strategic system architecture and system upgrades, which will serve as the foundation for the smart grid of the future. This includes initiatives related to system integration and operations, smart cities, enabling distributed energy resources, energy storage, dispatchable standby generation, transmission system performance and market interfaces, as well as research and development. He is also responsible for oversight of PGE’s Utility Operations and Operations Services divisions.

Bekkedahl joined PGE in 2014 as vice president of Transmission & Distribution. He has more than three decades of leadership experience in the energy industry. Before joining PGE, he was senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration and held leadership positions at Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Research Advisory Committee, the Stanford University Bits and Watts Advisory Council, the University of Akron Energy Advisory Committee, and the All Hands Raised board for Portland Public Schools Foundation.

Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins oversees PGE’s Utility Operations. He is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of PGE generation facilities and transmission and distribution assets.

He joined PGE in 2012. Prior to PGE, Jenkins served in a variety of leadership and management roles in the utility industry. His experience includes 21 years in large generating facilities for coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Jenkins’ past management positions include roles at Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Nuclear South, Energy Northwest and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He currently serves on the Providence Portland Medical Foundation Board of Directors.

Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Lisa Kaner

Lisa Kaner is responsible for all of PGE's legal affairs. She coordinates the company's internal audit, ethics and compliance and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission compliance activities.

Before joining PGE in 2017, Kaner successfully handled important contract, employment and other commercial litigation 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 businesswomen, Kaner has been recognized for her public service by the Oregon State Bar. She is an active member of the community, coaching the Lincoln High School Constitution Team and the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team.

Kaner holds a bachelor’s degree in European history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

John Kochavatr

John Kochavatr is responsible for the infrastructure, operations and development of all information systems. He joined PGE in 2018.

Kochavatr has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to joining PGE, he was senior vice president and CIO at SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions (formerly GE Water) for six years and served in several IT leadership positions at GE Power (formerly GE Energy) for 11 years.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in Chicago, Illinois.

John McFarland

John McFarland oversees all aspects of PGE’s customer experience and is responsible for developing new strategies to meet the changing needs of our customers.

Before joining PGE in April 2019, McFarland spent more than 16 years in general management, marketing, product innovation and digital transformation at two Fortune 500 companies, General Motors and Procter & Gamble.

Most recently, McFarland served as director of Global Digital Experience and Connected Vehicles at GM. He led the company’s connected ecosystem transformation, digital customer experiences and in-vehicle digital ecosystem strategy. McFarland previously served as chief marketing officer of GM’s global OnStar business.

He also served more than eight years in finance and brand management leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, working on iconic brands such as Tide, Gain and IAMS. AdWeek magazine named him one of the Top 10 Marketers of the Year for his work on Tide.

McFarland earned a B.S. in management information systems and accounting from Miami University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a focus on strategy, marketing and finance. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

He is a guest professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He previously served on the board of AdCraft Detroit, the nation’s oldest active advertising organization.

Anne Mersereau

Anne Mersereau leads PGE’s efforts to develop, attract and retain a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce.

She joined the company in 2009 and became vice president in 2016.

Mersereau has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the utility, insurance and hospitality industries. Before joining PGE, she held leadership positions with such organizations as Hilton Hotels and Marsh USA.

An active member of the community with a passion for education and workforce development, in 2017 Mersereau was appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Oregon Workforce and Talent and Development Board. She also serves on the boards of Impact NW, Dress for Success Oregon and is a member of the Partners in Diversity Leadership Council.

Mersereau earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and human resources from Washington State University.

  Dave Robertson

Dave Robertson oversees PGE’s Brand, Marketing and Communications, Government Relations, Environmental Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility. He joined PGE in 2004. Before taking the role of vice president in 2009, Robertson served five years as director of PGE's Government Affairs department.

Robertson has more than 25 years of experience in energy policy. Before joining PGE, he served as director of Government Relations–West for Pacific Gas & Electric's National Energy Group. He also was a member of U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield's legislative policy staff in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Robertson is the chair emeritus of the Portland Business Alliance and board secretary for the Oregon Business and Industry Association. In the past, he served as an Oregon appointee to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, was chair of the board of the environmental nonprofit SOLVE and served as a board member of Portland Center Stage.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette University and a utility management certificate from the University of Idaho.

Brett Sims

Brett Sims leads Portland General Electric’s Strategy, Regulation & Energy Supply team. He oversees the company’s long-term strategic planning and regulatory strategy efforts and ensures that PGE has the energy resources needed to serve its Oregon customers.

Previously, Sims served as senior director of Strategy, Commercial and Regulatory Affairs. For more than 15 years, he served as director of Origination, Structuring & Resource Strategy, managing the company’s resource planning and acquisition efforts.

Before joining PGE in 2001, Sims held business development and management roles in the finance and banking sector.

He a holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Economics from Linfield College and an MBA from George Fox University. 

An active member of the Oregon community, Sims serves on the board of Lifeworks NW, an organization that promotes a healthy community by providing mental health, addiction and family services.

Kristin Stathis

Kristin Stathis oversees PGE's Operations Services department, where she has oversight of the company’s supply chain, property and facilities, corporate resiliency, security, safety, project management, change management and environmental services programs.

A 26-year-veteran of PGE, Stathis has served in various roles throughout the organization. She previously served as VP of Customer Service Operations, where she oversaw the implementation of PGE’s Customer Touchpoints customer information systems. Other roles at PGE include 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 board of the Western Energy Institute.

Stathis earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and a certificate in accounting from Portland State University.

Board Committees

Independent Director Audit Committee Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
John W. Ballantine Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
Rodney L. Brown Jr. Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
Jack E. Davis Independent Director Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kirby A. Dyess Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mark B. Ganz Independent Director Audit Committee Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Marie Oh Huber Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Kathryn J. Jackson Independent Director Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
Michael A. Lewis Audit Committee Finance Committee
Michael H. Millegan Independent Director Audit Committee Finance Committee
Neil J. Nelson Independent Director Audit Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
M. Lee Pelton Independent Director Audit Committee Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Maria Pope
Charles W. Shivery Independent Director Audit Committee Finance Committee
James (Jim) Torgerson Compensation and Human Resources Committee Finance Committee
= Independent Director = Chairperson = Member = Chairman of the Board

Committee Charters

Document Type
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter
Compensation and Human Resources Committee Charter
Audit Committee
Finance Committee

Articles of Incorporation

Read PGE's Third Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.

Corporate Bylaws

Read PGE's Eleventh Amended and Restated Bylaws.

Communications to the Board of Directors

Read PGE's process for handling communications to the Board of Directors and Board Committees.

Corporate Governance Guidelines

Read the guidelines adopted by the Board of Directors to assist in the exercise of its responsibilities.

Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

This Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Code of Ethics), which has been approved by the Board of Directors, expresses the principles, policies and practices every director, officer and employee of Portland General Electric Company and its subsidiaries (PGE or the Company) should use when conducting the Company's business.

Code of Ethics

On February 14, 2018, the Board of Directors adopted the Code of Ethics for Chief Executive and Senior Financial Officers, replacing in its entirety the PGE Accounting and Reporting Code of Ethics.

Related Person Transactions Policy

Read PGE’S policy on the independent review of related person transactions.