Learn about our region's most prominent industries. The energy industry affects every company and thousands of jobs reside in this industry. Management and corporate oversight in this arena is critical to the success of our economy.
This fireside chat program features the retired Chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy, engaged in a fireside chat with Rafael Pastor. Attendees will learn about the state of the energy industry and future implications to their companies. Among the issues to be discussed are succession planning, board/management relationships, and the role of women in corporate leadership. Debra will also speak candidly about her illustrious career. This is sure to be an evening to remember.
Rafael Pastor has an extensive and diversified track record in both running successful businesses and advising business leaders. His career has spanned the media/entertainment, education, and business/financial services sectors. Currently serving on a variety of Boards and as an Advisor, Rafael is dedicated to helping organizations harmonize strategy (growth), execution (people), and culture (values).
From 2004 to 2013, Rafael was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vistage International, the world’s largest for-profit CEO membership company (which he co-owned with Larry Ellison, Michael Milken and Thomson Reuters). Headquartered in San Diego, Vistage helps more than 20,000 senior executives in 16 countries to become better leaders, making better decisions and achieving better results. The companies of Vistage’s members collectively employ more than two million people and generate approximately $300 billion in revenues.
Previously, based in New York, Rafael held senior executive positions at global media companies as: CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; President of USA Networks International; Executive Vice President, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television International (reporting to Rupert Murdoch); and President of CBS/Fox Video International. He dealt with all aspects of the film, television, news and publishing businesses in the United States and throughout the world. Subsequently, he was co-Founder and co-Chairman of the Sonenshine Pastor (now Sonenshine Partners) investment-banking firm in New York City.
Currently, Rafael serves as an Advisor to a major international private equity firm. He also serves on the Boards of KinderCare Education, Rosetta Books, and Assurance, as well as on the Advisory Boards of Julius, Thuzio, and MD Revolution. He is an investor in some of these companies.
Rafael is also actively engaged in the not-for-profit world as: Chairman of the International Advisory Board of UC San Diego'’s School of Global Policy and Strategy; Vice Chairman of the Board of La Jolla Music Society; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (Southern California Chapter), and the Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Rafael started his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and then as Associate General Counsel at CBS Inc. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a JD from NYU School of Law. He was born in Israel to Hungarian parents, and speaks several languages. He and his wife, Marina, reside in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Debra L. Reed was chairman of the board of directors, president and chief executive officer of 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' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
Reed also served as executive vice president of Sempra Energy. From 2006 to 2010, she was president and chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and SoCalGas, Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.
From 2004 to 2006, Reed was president and chief operating officer of SDG&E and SoCalGas and, before that, president of SDG&E and chief financial officer of both companies.
She joined SoCalGas in 1978 and became the company’s first female officer 10 years later. Currently, Reed is one of 21 female chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, and, from 2011 to 2016, she was recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business". Reed also was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s most influential female CEOs.
In 2014, the U.S. Secretary of Energy appointed Reed to the National Petroleum Council, a privately funded, federally chartered industry advisory board to the federal government on matters pertaining to oil and natural gas industries.
Reed serves on the boards of directors of Halliburton Co. and Caterpillar Inc. She is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, where she serves on the Energy and Environment Committee and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. Both associations are composed of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations. She is a member of The Trusteeship, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum. Additionally, she serves on the board of councilors of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and the Chairman’s Competitiveness Council of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, where she formally served as chair. Previously, she served on the boards of directors of Genentech and Avery Dennison Corp.
Reed graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.