Dennis Arriola is senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 830,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving 20.1 million consumers through 5.6 million gas meters.
Arriola was named senior vice president and CFO in 2006. In this role, he oversees all of the utilities’ finance, accounting and information technology organization. Previously, from 2003 to 2006, Arriola was vice president of communications and investor relations for Sempra Energy and vice president of investor relations from 2001 to 2003. From 1998 to 2001 he served as regional president and general manager, South American Operations, for Sempra Energy International, a subsidiary that develops, operates and owns energy projects in international markets.
From 1994 to 1998, Arriola was vice president and treasurer for Pacific Enterprises and SoCalGas. Before joining Pacific Enterprises, Arriola was vice president with Bank of America and Security Pacific National Bank.
Arriola holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. He also serves as a trustee for The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute in Los Angeles, California and on the Board of Governors of The San Diego Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Symphony.