Senior Vice President, Gas Operations | Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jesus Soto Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Gas Operations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Soto is responsible for overseeing the Aviation Services, Supply Chain and Cyber and Physical Security of PG&E’s facilities. He is also 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 natural gas service to 16 million people in northern and central California.
Soto is passionate about public and employee safety. Through Soto’s leadership, PG&E became the first utility in the United States to earn several notable third-party certifications around pipeline safety and asset management, including the ISO 55001:2014 and PAS 55-1:2008 international certifications for the company's enhancements in gas asset management; meet the rigor of the industry standard on pipeline safety management system from the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP) 1173; and certified to the chemical industry’s RC14001: 2013 and ISO 14001:2004 management system standard.
Soto has also led PG&E’s Gas Operations organization to develop state-of-the-art technologies aimed at enhancing pipeline safety and reliability, including 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 achieving top decile industry performance.
Before joining PG&E in May 2012, Soto served as Vice President of Operations Services for El Paso Corporation's Pipeline Group in Houston, TX. 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 of Science 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 of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Common Ground Alliance's board of directors. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Gas Association and Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.