Dennis V. Arriola
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and External Affairs
Dennis Arriola is executive vice president of corporate strategy and external affairs for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.
In his current role, Arriola oversees Sempra Energy’s long-term strategy review, as well as communications, government relations, regulatory and international affairs activities, and corporate social responsibility.
Previously, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
Arriola spent most of the past 22 years in a broad range of leadership roles for the Sempra Energy companies. He served as president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas beginning in 2012, until he was promoted to CEO in 2014.
From 2008 to 2012, Arriola left Sempra Energy to work as executive vice president and chief financial officer for SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based solar panel manufacturer.
From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of both San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas. Previously, Arriola also served as vice president of communications and investor relations for Sempra Energy, and regional vice president and general manager of Sempra Energy’s South American operations. He first joined the company in 1994 as treasurer for Pacific Enterprises/SoCalGas.
Arriola serves on the boards of directors for the American Gas Association and California Business Roundtable (chairman of the board), and most recently served on the boards of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Latino Donor Collaborative and Southern California Leadership Council. He has been actively involved in the United Way’s efforts to implement Linked Learning in association with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Arriola holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.