Martha B. Wyrsch
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Martha B. Wyrsch is executive vice president and general counsel for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy-services company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
As executive vice president and general counsel, Wyrsch oversees all Sempra Energy’s legal affairs.
From 2009 to 2012, she served as president of Vestas American Wind Systems, the Portland, Ore.-based affiliate of Danish-owned Vestas Wind Systems A/S. As president, Wyrsch had direct responsibility for all North American sales, construction, service and maintenance. As chair of the Vestas North American Regional Council, she also had coordinating oversight of North American-based manufacturing, supply chain and other support functions.
Previously, Wyrsch served nearly 10 years at Duke Energy and its spin-off, Spectra Energy Corp. She joined Duke Energy in 1999 as senior vice president of legal affairs and deputy counsel and, later, was promoted to group vice president and general counsel. In 2005, Wyrsch moved to Duke Energy Gas Transmission as its president and CEO. Subsequently, she became president and CEO of Spectra Energy Transmission, overseeing its natural gas transmission and storage business in the U.S. and Canada, as well as its gathering, processing and distribution businesses in Canada.
Prior to joining Duke Energy, Wyrsch worked at KN Energy, Inc., from 1991 to 1999 in a variety of senior roles, including vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Previously, she was an attorney with Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, specializing in corporate law, with a focus on oil and gas, real estate transactions, as well as securities and finance filings. From 1980 to 1983, Wyrsch was a legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), responsible for matters in the areas of energy, environment, health and safety, transportation and banking.
She currently serves on the boards of directors of Spectris plc. and Cristo Rey Network.
Wyrsch holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from George Washington University. She also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.