Karen A. Austin
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Karen A. Austin is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In this role, she leads every aspect of the company's information technology and supply chain business, including the support of mission-critical systems and developing the company's technology strategy, infrastructure and architecture.
Computerworld magazine has named Austin as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders. She is one of 500 LinkedIn Influencers blogging regularly at https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/karenaustincio. In June 2014, Austin joined the Board of Directors at Verifone.
Prior to joining PG&E in June 2011, Austin held several executive-level positions at Kmart Corporation and Sears Holdings Corporation. While at both companies, she was responsible for systems governing store operations, merchandising, supply chain and finance. At Kmart, she served as Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Applications; Vice President, IT Applications; Vice President for Applications Development; Chief Information Officer; and Interim Chief Marketing Officer. At Sears, Austin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and as President of Consumer Electronics. She has also held various information technology positions for The Timken Company and for Central Mutual Insurance Company in Ohio.
Austin holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Trine University in Angola, Indiana.