Gino DiCaro

Gov. appoints new CPUC Commissioner & CEC Chairman

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, May 6, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed John Bohn, a former Wall Street executive, to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Joe Desmond, a deputy cabinet secretary at the Resources Agency, as chairman of the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Bohn, 67, of San Francisco, has served as chairman of GlobalNet Venture Partners, a global financial advising and consulting firm, since 2001.  Bohn also served as president and chief executive officer of Moody's Investors Service for seven years beginning in 1989.  Prior to that, he was special assistant to United States Treasury Secretary Don Regan.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations of New York and a member of the executive committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

"John is uniquely qualified to understand how regulatory structures impact investment decisions.  His expertise in this area will be invaluable as California moves forward toward attracting necessary new investment in energy infrastructure and technology," said Governor Schwarzenegger in a statement announcing Bohn's appointment. "In telecommunications, technology is fast outstripping the old regulatory structure.  More than ever, the PUC needs people, like John, who understand the power of technology to reduce prices and improve services and I am confident he will be an invaluable addition to the Commission."

Desmond, 41, of Pleasanton, has served for the past year as deputy secretary for energy at the Resources Agency.  Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Infotility, Inc., an energy consulting and software development firm.  He was the co-chair of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group's Energy Committee from 2001 to 2004.

CMTA applauds both appointments.  Bohn will be an excellent addition to the CPUC. His prior experience makes him well-suited to understand how to increase private investment in energy infrastructure.  Bringing more power online, through new power plants and transmission projects, are tasks as important as any facing California today.  His business background will give him an appreciation for the impact of CPUC decisions on businesses and the state's business climate.  CMTA looks forward to working with Bohn and the other commissioners to promote rational, fact-based decision-making at the CPUC.

Desmond's in-depth understanding of California's energy markets and infrastructure issues make him particularly well suited for the Energy Commission's top post.  He has the right blend of experience, dedication and political acumen to succeed.
Both appointments require Senate confirmation.
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