Meet Our Team
Justin Bird, Chief Executive Officer
Justin Bird is chief executive officer of Sempra LNG. He is responsible for growing Sempra Energy’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business to serve global markets. Bird also serves on the board of directors for IEnova, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary in Mexico.
Previously, Bird was president of Sempra LNG. In this role, he led the marketing and commercial development efforts of Sempra LNG’s five projects. Prior to that, Bird served as chief development officer for Sempra North American Infrastructure.
From 2014 to 2018, Bird was vice president and gas infrastructure special counsel for Sempra Energy, leading the company’s response to regulatory and litigation activity related to the operation of SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field. He also 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 led the successful $7.4 billion financing of the Cameron LNG 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. Bird played a key role in the development and commercial arrangements for the Cameron LNG facility and Energía Costa Azul regasification terminal in Baja California, Mexico. 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 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.
Lisa Glatch, President and Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Glatch is president and chief operating officer of Sempra LNG. She also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Cameron LNG, LLC, a joint venture of which Sempra Energy owns 50 percent.
Glatch joined Sempra Energy in 2018 as strategic initiatives officer with a focus on strategic efforts in building North America’s premier energy infrastructure company and overseeing Cameron LNG Phase 1’s successful achievement of commercial operations.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Glatch led business development and profitable growth as executive vice president, chief strategic development officer and board director for CH2M, a Fortune 500 global consulting and program management firm. Before joining CH2M in 2014, she served as senior vice president of global sales for Jacobs, a global technical services firm.
Previously, Glatch spent 24 years with Fluor Corporation, a global engineering and construction industry leader, in a range of management positions including president of Fluor’s government group and senior vice president of project operations for Fluor’s energy & chemicals group.
Glatch’s 34 years of experience spans the public and private sectors in the energy, environmental, water and transportation sectors.
Glatch currently serves on the board of Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE: AQUA).
Glatch graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She has completed advanced management programs at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University.
Carolyn Benton Aiman, Vice President and General Counsel
Carolyn Benton Aiman is vice president and general counsel for Sempra LNG. She is responsible for all of Sempra LNG’s legal affairs, including matters related to legal strategy, LNG development, operations, regulatory, governance and compliance.
Benton Aiman has more than 20 years of in-house legal and private law firm experience. She has worked in energy for most of her career and has supported different lines of business across the energy value chain. Most recently, Benton Aiman was managing counsel – capital projects and global supply chain for Shell, where she provided legal support for Shell’s major capital projects and was also responsible for overseeing legal aspects relating to the global supply chain function for capital projects. Benton Aiman has significant experience in the delivery of major projects across the U.S and global oil and gas, LNG, chemicals and renewables projects and operations.
Prior to that role, Benton Aiman served as senior legal counsel in various of Shell’s business areas, including upstream & wind, alternative fuels, downstream manufacturing & commercial, and regulatory & employment, including managing pre-litigation disputes.
In addition, Benton Aiman served as executive sponsor of Shell Legal’s U.S Diversity Council as well as Shell’s woman focused employee resource group, and related key initiatives. She was also named to the Top 50 Women in the Law 2019 by the National Diversity Council and named Houston Magazine’s Woman of Influence in 2017.
Benton Aiman serves on the boards of Lead Inc. and the Spouses of Barristers.
Amy Chiu, Chief Development Officer
Amy Chiu is chief development officer for Sempra LNG. In this role, Chiu is focused on advancing current projects and accelerating the development of emerging opportunities.
Most recently, Chiu was chief project development and asset management officer for Sempra LNG, leading project development activities, Cameron LNG and Energía Costa Azul joint venture, and LNG operations. Previously, Chiu was chief asset management & optimization officer for Sempra LNG and served as vice president of asset management for Sempra LNG & Midstream. Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Chiu was 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.
Randall L. Clark, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer
Randall L. Clark is chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer for Sempra LNG. In this position, Clark is responsible for leading Sempra LNG’s business services function that includes human resources and organizational development, technology and cybersecurity, external affairs and communications, supply management, and business transformation.
Clark has served in various leadership and legal capacities at the Sempra Energy family of companies over the last 20 years. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Sempra Energy. In that position he was also the company’s chief ethics and compliance officer. Prior to that role, he was the chief human resources officer and deputy general counsel for Sempra Energy.
Clark has previously served as chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer at San Diego Gas & Electric Company and as Sempra Energy’s vice president – human resources services, vice president – compliance and governance, vice president – corporate responsibility, vice president – corporate relations and its corporate secretary.
Before joining Sempra Energy, Clark practiced law at Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles and at Cooley Godward in San Diego.
Clark serves on the board of Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) . He is a member of several bar associations, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Society for Corporate Governance, the Society for Human Resource Management and World at Work. He also serves as a trustee on the board and as chairman of the La Jolla Playhouse, where he sits on the audit and finance committees, as a trustee on the board of Francis Parker School, where he sits on the board governance and audit committees, and as a board member of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, where he sits on the executive committee and serves as secretary.
Glen Donovan, Vice President—Finance, Sempra LNG
Glen Donovan is vice president of finance for Sempra LNG. In this role, Donovan is responsible for the finance and accounting functions in Sempra LNG.
Previously, Donovan was vice president of project development and structuring for Sempra LNG. Prior to that, Donovan held various position of increasing responsibility at Sempra Renewables, including vice president of business development, senior director of business development, director of renewables and project finance. In these roles, he was responsible for renewable project finance, mergers and acquisitions and renewable contract origination.
Donovan has held several corporate finance roles within Sempra Energy, including director of investor relations and overseeing the company’s planning & analysis functions. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Donovan held various financial roles within the high-tech industry.
Juancho Eekhout, Vice President of Mexico Development
Juancho Eekhout is vice president of Mexico development for Sempra LNG. In this role, Eekhout leads the development of LNG projects serving customers in the Pacific basin, including the implementation of ECA LNG phase 1 liquefaction project, a joint venture with IEnova, Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico.
Previously, Juancho Eekhout was chief development officer for IEnova where he oversaw development and customer origination activities focused on the growth of IEnova’s renewable generation projects, refined products terminals and other businesses.
In his 12 years with the Sempra Energy family of companies, Eekhout has held roles of increasing responsibility at Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra LNG and IEnova. He first joined Sempra Energy in 2008 as director—mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining the company, Eekhout worked at BP where he held various roles in the UK, the US, and Latin America in the refining & marketing and commodity trading organizations.
Eekhout serves as the vice-chairman of the energy committee of the American Chamber in Mexico and is a member of the Institute of the Americas’ steering committee.
Martin Hupka, Chief Commercial Officer
Martin Hupka is chief commercial officer for Sempra LNG. He is responsible for all commercial and development activities in support of Sempra LNG’s mission of being North America’s premier LNG infrastructure company.
In his role, Hupka oversees the identification and development of LNG infrastructure projects and new commercial opportunities, as well as Sempra LNG’s operations center.
Previously, Hupka was general counsel for Sempra LNG, leading all legal affairs related to LNG development, operations and regulatory. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel for Sempra Infrastructure, supporting both the 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.
Faisel Khan, Chief Financial Officer
Faisel Khan is chief financial officer for Sempra LNG. In this role, Khan oversees the company’s finance, accounting, risk and midstream functions. He also serves on the board of directors for IEnova, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary in Mexico.
Most recently, Khan was senior vice president of finance and investor relations for Sempra Energy, responsible for communicating Sempra Energy’s disciplined focus for delivering long-term shareholder value to the investment community, while providing oversight to Sempra Energy’s risk management and treasury matters.
Previously, from 2018 to 2019, Khan was vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy.
Prior to working at Sempra Energy, he was a managing director for Citigroup in New York, covering the natural gas, pipeline, midstream, refining and master limited partnership industries. Khan was ranked as one of the top financial analysts in the natural gas sector for 11 consecutive years by the Institutional Investor Survey.
Before joining Citigroup in 2005, Khan worked for six years at Credit Suisse First Boston, first in investment banking and, later, as an equity research analyst following the integrated pipeline, merchant power and gas distribution industries.
Khan holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Lloyd, Regional Vice President—External Affairs
Brian Lloyd is regional vice president—external affairs for Sempra LNG and Sempra Energy. In this role, Lloyd leads Sempra LNG’s public affairs, communications and citizenship initiatives, and Sempra Energy’s public affairs in Texas.
Most recently, Lloyd served as director of regulatory strategy for Sempra Energy. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Lloyd served as executive director of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where he was responsible for the daily operations and management of the agency, strategic planning, and policy development and implementation. Lloyd also served as Governor Rick Perry’s deputy director of budget, planning and policy; and served as the Governor’s primary energy policy advisor.
Prior to that, Lloyd worked in a variety of roles at the Public Utility Commission and private industry related to electricity market restructuring and was the principal author of the 2008 Texas State Energy Plan developed by the Governor’s Competitiveness Council.
Emily Shults, Chief Marketing Officer
Emily Shults is chief marketing officer for Sempra LNG. In this role, she oversees marketing and origination functions for Sempra LNG’s export infrastructure projects.
Previously, Shults was vice president of audit services for Sempra Energy, where she oversaw the internal audit function for Sempra Energy and its affiliates.
From 2017 to 2018, Shults served as vice president of energy supply for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. From 2015 to 2017, Shults served as vice president of electric & fuel procurement for SDG&E. She has held several management positions of increasing responsibility for the Sempra Energy family of companies since joining the company in 2003 as a senior accountant for Sempra Energy’s infrastructure businesses.
Before joining Sempra Energy, Shults worked with Williams Energy Marketing & Trading and Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
She serves on the board of directors of Walden Family Services, a nationally recognized foster care, adoption and youth services agency.
John Sowers, Senior Vice President – Operations
John Sowers is senior vice president of operations for Sempra LNG. In this role, Sowers manages Sempra LNG’s growth in the Gulf Coast and leads health, safety, security and environment efforts; permitting; quality; and compliance.
Prior to that, Sowers was chief transformation officer for Sempra LNG. Sowers brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Most recently he served as president of APTIM’s power business, based in The Woodlands, Texas. Prior to that, Sowers worked for the Sempra Energy family of companies for 16 years. From 2017 to 2018, he served as senior vice president—asset management for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). He also previously served as vice president—electric distribution and vice president—generation and resource planning for SDG&E.
He also held roles of increasing responsibility for Sempra Renewables, including vice president—operations and vice president—asset management. He first joined the company in 2002 as a turbine fleet manager.
Michael VanderMate, Vice President—Engineering & Construction
Michael VanderMate is vice president of engineering & construction for Sempra LNG. In this role, VanderMate is responsible for overseeing engineering, procurement and construction activities for Sempra LNG’s projects.
VanderMate has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, construction, commissioning, project management and business management. Most recently, he as project director and senior project manager for multi-billion natural gas liquefaction projects LNG Canada, Corpus Christi LNG and Sabine Pass LNG in the U.S. and PNG LNG Services in Papua New Guinea.
During his career in Bechtel he served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including general manager of the LNG Tank business, project manager for QCLNG Trains 3, 4 and 5 in Australia, senior project manager Marathon Petroleum in Louisiana, project manager Chevron Energy Technology Company in Mississippi; global business development manager for cost-reimbursable and lump sum upstream and downstream global customers; and Brass LNG FEED business manager for the multiple billion dollar grassroots LNG project in Nigeria. VanderMate began his career with Bechtel in project controls.
VanderMate is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering with a minor in project management from the University of Texas.