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Sempra Energy forms North American infrastructure group

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Sempra Energy has formed a new operating group for its North American infrastructure businesses and named Carlos Ruiz Sacristán Chairman and CEO of the group, Sempra North American Infrastructure. Ruiz has served as chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy's Mexican operating subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) since 2012.

Ruiz and the new Sempra North American Infrastructure group will report to Joseph A. Householder, President and COO of Sempra Energy. The group will encompass Sempra Energy's Mexican operations contained within IEnova, Sempra LNG & Midstream's existing operations, including Cameron LNG and all other LNG development and marketing activities.

As part of his new role, Ruiz will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of the board of directors of IEnova.

"Carlos Ruiz has overseen exceptional growth at IEnova, including its successful initial public offering in Mexico in 2013," said Jeffrey W. Martin, CEO of Sempra Energy. "This new streamlined organisational structure will better align our non-utility operations to serve our global customers, and develop and execute projects even more effectively."

"I'm honoured and excited to serve in this new role at Sempra Energy and to continue my close involvement with IEnova," said Ruiz. "We've built a strong and deep leadership team at IEnova and I will be devoting my full attention to growing Sempra Energy's North American infrastructure business."

Previously, Ruiz was a member of Sempra Energy's board of directors from 2007 to 2012, when he became chairman and CEO of IEnova.

Tania Ortiz Mena will succeed Ruiz as CEO of IEnova, effective September 1. Ortiz will report to Ruiz and will be nominated to serve on IEnova's board of directors. Ortiz has served as IEnova's Chief Development Officer since 2014. Previously, Ortiz worked for PMI, Pemex's international trading subsidiary.

Octávio M. Simões, currently President of Sempra LNG & Midstream, has been promoted to President and CEO of that company, reporting to Ruiz. Simões and his team will focus on maximizing the value of the company's LNG opportunities. Simões also will continue in his role as chairman of Cameron LNG, LLC., the joint venture (JV) of which Sempra owns 50%. He has served as President of Sempra LNG & Midstream since 2012. Previously he was Vice President of commercial development for Sempra LNG.

Justin C. Bird, currently Vice President of gas infrastructure and special counsel for Sempra Energy, has been named Chief Development Officer for the Sempra North American Infrastructure group. Reporting to Ruiz, Bird will be responsible for activities related to project development for all current and future LNG and midstream projects.

Amy Chiu, Vice President of asset management for Sempra LNG & Midstream, has been named Chief Asset Management Officer for the Sempra North American Infrastructure group. Chiu will oversee Cameron LNG JV management, Energía Costa Azul JV management and LNG operations.

Kathryn J. Collier, Vice President and Treasurer for Sempra Energy, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the Sempra North American Infrastructure group. She will oversee accounting, economic and financial modeling, human resources, information technology and procurement for the new operating group.

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