SCMSDC to Honor Southern California Edison at 2012 Leadership Award Gala
Los Angeles, CA — Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) will present its 2012 Leadership Award to Southern California Edison (SCE) and the utility’s president, Ronald L. Litzinger, at the council’s 28th Annual Leadership Award gala on Thursday, October 11. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Beverly Hills Hotel, located at 9641 Sunset Blvd.
The gala spotlights an outstanding corporation whose achievements and leadership in the business community have resulted in positive results for diverse businesses.
“We are pleased to present our 2012 Leadership Award to Ron Litzinger and Southern California Edison,” according to SCMSDC President Virginia Gomez. “SCE is highly deserving of this honor. SCE’s years of commitment to supplier diversity, its inclusion of diverse businesses in contract opportunities and its initiatives that develop diverse businesses to grow and become more competitive rank highly among minority businesses, which have repeatedly nominated SCE to compete for the National Minority Supplier Development Council Corporation of the Year Award.”
Gomez noted the utility’s total procurement spend with diverse suppliers reached nearly $1.4 billion last year, representing 33.7 percent of total company purchases. She added 2011 was the second consecutive year that SCE achieved over $1 billion in spending with minority-, women-, and service-disabled veteran-owned enterprises.
“Southern California Edison is honored to receive this recognition because of the central place diversity plays in our company,” said Litzinger. “Diversity is not a buzz word to us. Workforce and supplier diversity are key elements of our approach to meeting our customers’ energy needs.”
Litzinger has served as president of SCE since 2011. Previously, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Edison Mission Group (EMG), the competitive power generation business of SCE’s parent company, Edison International. EMG is the parent company of Edison Mission Energy (EME) and Edison Capital.
Litzinger joined Edison as an engineer at SCE in 1986 and since has served in a variety of capacities throughout Edison International’s companies. He moved to EME in 1995 and was named vice president there in 1998. From 1999 to 2002, he served as EME’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, and rose to senior vice president and chief technical officer in 2002. In 2004, he was named vice president of Strategic Planning for Edison International and the following year, was named senior vice president for SCE’s Transmission and Distribution Business Unit.
Highlights of Litzinger’s career include his instrumental role in getting EME’s Sunrise power plant in Bakersfield, California, online in less than a year, helping to ease the energy constraints of the California power crisis of 2000-2001. He also played an important role in helping EMG get back to financial strength from 2002 to 2004 and in architecting Edison International’s 2004 strategic plan. Before joining Edison, Litzinger was an engineer for Texaco subsidiaries.
Litzinger earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in management from the University of Redlands. He is a member of the Visiting Committee at the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.
Previous Leadership Award recipients include: Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California; Michael Allman, president and CEO of Southern California Gas Co.; Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises and founder and chairman, Magic Johnson Foundation; Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management, associate professor of Global Economics & Management, founder and faculty director, Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Stephen F. Bollenbach, co-chairman and CEO, Hilton Worldwide, and Robert A. Iger, CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
Amgen is this year’s event title sponsor and honorary dinner chair. Other participating companies include Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, AEG, AT&T, Nestlé, Union Bank, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Toyota, American Honda Motor Co., The Walt Disney Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, WellPoint, and Wells Fargo.
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council is the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMSDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in Southern California. The council offers nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity. Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 36 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network, SCMSDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1975. For more information, visit www.scmsdc.org.