Meet Our Team
Sempra North American Infrastructure and Sempra LNG & Midstream
Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, Chairman and CEO, Sempra North American Infrastructure
Carlos Ruiz Sacristán is chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure. He also serves as executive chairman of IEnova, Sempa’s subsidiary in Mexico. The Sempra North American Infrastructure group encompasses Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary IEnova, Sempra LNG & Midstream’s existing operations, including Cameron LNG and all other liquefied natural gas development and marketing activities.
From 2012 to 2018, Ruiz Sacristán served as chairman and CEO of IEnova. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Sempra Energy. Ruiz Sacristán served as Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation in the administration of Mexican President Zedillo from 1994 to 2000. Prior to that, he held various positions at Mexico’s Central Bank from 1974 to 1988, the Ministry of Finance from 1988 to 1992, and Petróleos Mexicanos in 1994.
Ruiz Sacristán currently is a member of the board of directors of Southern Copper Corp, Banco Ve por más, S.A de C.V., Grupo Creatica, S.A. de C.V., member of the Technical Committee of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum and a member of the Technical Committee Trust of Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Octávio Simões, President and CEO, Sempra LNG & Midstream
Octávio Simões is president and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream. In this role, Simões is responsible for maximizing the value of the company’s LNG opportunities. He also serves as chairman of Cameron LNG, LLC., the joint venture of which Sempra Energy owns 50 percent.
Previously, Simões was the vice president of commercial development for Sempra LNG, where he was responsible for marketing the capacity of LNG receipt terminals, developing LNG facilities, securing LNG supply, securing shipping and acquiring equity positions in liquefaction plants. Prior to that, Simões served as vice president of asset management and vice president of planning and analysis for Sempra Generation. He was also project director for the company’s 600-megawatt Termoeléctrica de Mexicali natural-gas power plant in Mexicali, Mexico.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Simões served as senior program director for Earth Tech, as well as director of generation projects for NEERI. Simões has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, serving as a project manager, developer, consultant and asset manager in the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Simões holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.
Justin C. Bird, Chief Development Officer, Sempra North American Infrastructure
Justin Bird is chief development officer for Sempra North American Infrastructure. He is responsible for project development activities for all current and future LNG and midstream projects.
Previously, Bird was vice president and gas infrastructure special counsel for Sempra Energy. In this position, he led the company’s response to regulatory and litigation activity related to the operation of SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.
Previously, Bird served as vice president, compliance and governance and corporate secretary for Sempra Energy, where he directed the company’s ethics and compliance programs and also acted as chief governance officer and corporate secretary.
From 2012 to 2014, he was director of project finance for Sempra Energy, where he managed the successful $7.4 billion financing of Cameron LNG, the proposed liquefaction export terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana, as well as several other significant financings.
From 2004 to 2012, Bird held positions as counsel, senior counsel and principal attorney, working on a wide range of business transactions for Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specialized in energy project development and finance.
Bird serves as a board member of the Corporate Director’s Forum, which provides board-focused peer networking and director education in corporate governance.
Bird holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the school’s Law Review.
Amy Chiu, Chief Asset Management Officer, Sempra North American Infrastructure
Amy Chiu is chief asset management officer for Sempra North American Infrastructure. She is responsible for overseeing the management of both Cameron LNG Energía Costa Azul joint-ventures, and LNG operations.
Previously, Chiu was vice president of asset management for Sempra LNG & Midstream. Before joining Sempra LNG & Midstream, Chiu held the role of vice president of business process improvement and enterprise risk management for the Sempra Energy utilities San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), where she was responsible for capital and business optimization and risk management and strategic analysis. Prior to that, she was vice president of information technology for SDG&E and SoCalGas, where she was responsible for information technologies, vision and operational oversight including computing infrastructure, client services, applications, information security and information management for both utilities and Sempra Energy Corporate Center.
Chiu also served as vice president of risk analysis and management for Sempra Energy and prior to that was vice president of audit services. She held positions of increasing responsibility including director of business planning in the mergers and acquisitions group, manager of executive projects and manager of economic analysis. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she held senior-level financial and actuarial analyst positions for Intelsat and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
Chiu holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., a master’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington D.C., and a doctorate in mathematics from Boston University.
Scott Chrisman, Chief Commercial Officer, Sempra LNG & Midstream
Scott Chrisman is chief commercial officer for Sempra LNG & Midstream. He is responsible for worldwide commercial and development activities including development of liquefaction and regasification projects, LNG marketing, sales and purchases, business development and establishing and maintaining business relationships.
Previously, Chrisman was vice president of commercial development for Sempra LNG & Midstream. From 2011 to 2014, Chrisman was the executive project leader for the Cameron LNG liquefaction project which is owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG & Midstream (50.2%), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (16.6%), ENGIE S.A. (16.6%), and a joint venture (16.6%) between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Prior to 2011, Chrisman served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Sempra LNG, including vice president of finance, director of commercial development and director of economic analysis, where he facilitated the commercialization of the Cameron LNG and Energia Costa Azul regasification terminals.
Before joining Sempra LNG in 2003, Chrisman was in investment banking at Simmons & Company International where he led over $3 billion of M&A transactions in the midstream gas sector. From 1990 to 1998, Chrisman held various management positions at Exxon Chemicals in research, plant operations, project management and business planning. Chrisman has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Tulsa, Okla., and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Rice University. Chrisman is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Kathryn J. Collier, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Sempra North American Infrastructure group
Kathryn J. Collier is chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for Sempra North American Infrastructure. In this role, she oversees accounting, economic and financial modeling, human resources, information technology and procurement.
Previously, Collier was vice president and treasurer for Sempra Energy, where she oversaw the treasury function at Sempra Energy, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financing, cash management, pension and trust investments, rating agency relationships, as well as major project control activities.
Collier has led many key strategic initiatives on behalf of Sempra Energy, including the equity carve-out of IEnova, the $7.4-billion project financing of Cameron LNG and most recently the $9.45-billion acquisition and financing of Energy Future Holdings Corp., the 80-percent owner of Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2012, Collier had a successful 17-year career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she held several executive positions within global corporate and investment banking, most recently leading commercial banking teams in Southern California with a focus on mid-cap sized companies.
Collier serves on the board of directors of Regulus Therapeutics Inc. and is a member of its audit and nominating, and corporate governance committees. She also serves on the International Advisory Board for UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Valparaiso University.
Martin Hupka, Vice President and General Counsel, Sempra North American Infrastructure
Martin Hupka is vice president and general counsel for Sempra North American Infrastructure, where he is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for Sempra LNG & Midstream.
Previously, Hupka served as assistant general counsel for Sempra Infrastructure where he supported Sempra LNG & Midstream and Sempra Renewables businesses. Hupka joined the Sempra Energy family of companies in 2012 as senior counsel in the law department. Before joining Sempra Energy, Hupka was an associate at the law firm Clifford Chance LLP in Washington, D.C and Paris.
Hupka received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and his law degree from Fordham University.
Ryan D. O’Neal, Vice President of Midstream, Sempra LNG & Midstream
Ryan D. O’Neal is vice president of midstream for Sempra LNG & Midstream. He is responsible for leading the development of pipeline and storage infrastructure projects integrated with Sempra’s LNG liquefaction opportunities as well as additional midstream opportunities within the U.S.
Prior to his current role, O’Neal was vice president of major project controls and analysis for Sempra Energy, where he oversaw the governance for large construction projects across the Sempra Energy companies. His responsibilities included helping ensure the success of major construction projects by standardizing processes, controls, reporting and establishing best practices.
Prior to that, O’Neal served as vice president of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power leading the operations center and acquisitions, business development and commercial transactions in the midstream sector. He also served as chief operating officer for the Sempra Pipelines & Storage Midstream group and vice president of development for Sempra Pipelines & Storage’s international unit.
Before joining Sempra Energy in 1990, O’Neal held various positions with Southern California Gas Co. in project development, project management, marketing, distribution and storage operations. He began his career with an independent oil and gas production company where he was responsible for U.S. West Coast operations. O’Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Michael Sliwowski, Vice President—Business Origination
Michael Sliwowski, vice president of business origination, is responsible for developing and maintaining global business relationships necessary for Sempra LNG & Midstream’s market growth and managing the development of additional LNG facilities.
Previously, Sliwowski was vice president of business development for Sempra Energy Trading. He was also responsible for setting up Sempra Energy Europe and developing the LNG trading business.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Sliwowski held several senior positions in the commodity and capital market divisions of Deutsche Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland and Merrill Lynch. Sliwowski holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of Hull in England.