Maria Pope is president and CEO of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company. Pope works with customers, community members and government officials to lead Oregon’s clean energy future.
Pope joined PGE in 2009 as CFO and treasurer. She also oversaw the company’s power generation facilities, wholesale power marketing and long-term resource strategy as senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of PGE’s board of directors.
Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation and held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. She began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley & Co.
Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission as well as other boards and commissions, including the Oregon Business Council and the Electric Power Research Institute.
Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
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 Washington Conservation Voters, the Sightline Institute, and the Seattle Audubon Society.
He received his J.D. degree from University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science from Baylor University.
Kirby Dyess chairs PGE's Compensation and Human Resources Committee and is 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 serves on the board of Compli, and chairs the Board of Prolifiq Software. She also serves on the Board of 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.
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. 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); Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA); Oregon Business Council (also executive committee member); Greater Portland Inc.; University of Portland Board of Regents; Boy Scouts of America-Cascade Pacific Council; Jesuit High School; and The Conversation Project. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.
Marie Oh Huber is a member of PGE’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance 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.
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 Electricity Industry Center Advisory Board at Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Mellon University; Engineering School Dean’s Advisory Board; the Electricity Institute Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh; and the Industry Advisory Board at Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering; and the EQT Corporation, a natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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.
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 Telecom Group, where he chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Nomination/Governance Committee. He is also a strategic advisor and investor in Windpact. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Pope is president and CEO of Portland General Electric. Prior to becoming CEO in 2018, Pope served as president as of October 2017 and previously was the 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.
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 & Co.
Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission and the boards of Umpqua Holdings Corporation and the Oregon Business Council. She has previously served as board chair of Oregon Health & Science University and 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.
James Lobdell oversees all financial, investor, risk management and state regulatory affairs areas of the company.
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 and 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 serves on the boards of the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the ALS Association and the PGE Foundation. Lobdell is also a member of the FM Global advisory committee, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon and serves as treasurer of the University of Oregon Alumni Association.
Lobdell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and is a former Certified Management Accountant.
Larry Bekkedahl 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Bill Nicholson is responsible for PGE’s Utility Technical Services, an organization that brings together the engineering, design and technical teams that support PGE’s generation and grid assets.
He previously served as senior vice president of Customer Service, Transmission and Distribution, vice president of Distribution Operations and vice president of Customers & Economic Development.
Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of roles in Distribution Operations and Power Supply Engineering.
He serves on the Edison Electric Institute National Response Executive Committee, Oregon State University College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council and the Oregon Business Council Education Task Force. He is also on the board of the Museum at Warm Springs and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Nicholson earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University and is a member of the university’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Dave Robertson oversees PGE's Corporate Communications, Government Relations, Environmental Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility departments. 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 current chair 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.
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 25-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 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.
|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||Finance Committee|
|Kathryn J. Jackson||Independent Director||Compensation and Human Resources 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|
|Charles W. Shivery||Independent Director||Audit Committee||Finance Committee|
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter
Compensation and Human Resources Committee Charter
Communications to the Board of Directors
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Corporate Governance Guidelines
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Code of Business Ethics and Conduct
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Code of Ethics
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Related Person Transactions Policy
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