Jesus Soto, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Gas Operations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jesus Soto, Jr. is the Senior Vice President, Gas Operations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). He is responsible for overseeing and executing the day-to-day operations of the second largest natural gas system in the United States. PG&E's natural gas system provides safe, reliable, affordable and clean gas service to 16 million people in northern and central California.
Soto is passionate about public and employee safety, and PG&E's Gas Operations earned ISO 55000 and PAS 55001 international certifications for the company's enhancements in gas asset management. PG&E is the only North American utility to currently hold these third-party certifications. Through Soto's leadership, PG&E was the first utility to deploy a state-of-the-art leak detection technology that is 1,000 times more sensitive than conventional leak detection tools. Soto's commitment to safety has led to a significant reduction in the time it takes PG&E to respond to gas odor calls.
Before joining PG&E in May 2012, Soto served as Vice President of Operations Services for El Paso Corporation's Pipeline Group in Houston, Texas. He led the technical services and support functions for pipeline operations and oversaw measurement, compression, reservoir and pipeline systems and Department of Transportation compliance. He was also responsible for risk and integrity management, public awareness and emergency response. Prior to that, Soto was Vice President of engineering and construction, leading the engineering and construction programs for ANR Pipeline, El Paso Natural Gas, Colorado Interstate Gas, Southern Natural Gas and Tennessee Gas Pipeline for onshore and offshore facilities.
Soto holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, a master's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.