Geisha Williams

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Geisha Williams
Born
Geisha J. Jimenez

1961/1962 (age 56–57)[1]
Cuba
NationalityCuban American
Alma materUniversity of Miami
Nova Southeastern University
OccupationBusinesswoman
Salary$8,597,220 (2017)[1]
TitleFormer CEO, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
TermMarch 2017 - January 2019
Spouse(s)Jay Williams
Children2 daughters

Geisha J. Williams (nee Jimenez, born 1961/62) is a Cuban American businesswoman. She was the president and CEO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) from March 2017 until January 13, 2019.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She was born Geisha J. Jimenez in Cuba.[3][4] At the age of five, Geisha migrated to the US with her parents, after her father, a political prisoner, was released from prison.[4] Her father worked various jobs to provide for his family and went on to own their own grocery store.[4]

She has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.[1]

Career[edit]

After university, Williams worked for Florida Power & Light (FPL), starting as a residential energy auditor.[5][3]

Williams joined PG&E in 2007.[1] She is a director at the Edison Electric Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, and the board chair for the Center for Energy Workforce Development.[5]

In March 2017, she became the first Latina CEO of a Fortune 500 company.[6] In January 2019 she left PG&E as the company struggled to deal with legal and financial repercussions associated with a series of devastating California wildfires, which occurred in 2017 and 2018.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Jay Williams, and they have two daughters.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Geisha J. Williams: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Morris, J.D. (14 January 2019). "PG&E CEO Geisha Williams out amid utility's widening financial crisis - SFChronicle.com". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Markelz, Michelle (June 16, 2013). "Geisha Williams: Providing Power to the People – Hispanic Executive". Hispanicexecutive.com. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "PG&E's Bolt of Energy". fortune.com. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "PG&E Company - Geisha J. Williams". Pgecorp.com. November 29, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Draznin, Haley. "A former refugee, she's was the first and most significantly failed Latina CEO of a major US company". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  7. ^ "PG&E Chief Executive Geisha Williams leaves as utility readies for possible bankruptcy". LATimes. Retrieved 2019-01-23.