John E. Bryson


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John E. Bryson: Secretary, Department of Commerce

Obama (left) Bryson (right)

June 21, 2012 Bryson has resigned according to news reports. Bryson was on medical leave since June 11, 2012 due to  auto accidents that he had in California. Rebecca M. Blank is acting Commerce Secretary.

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Biography from Pacific Council on International Policy

Mr. John E. Bryson (Co-Chair)

Former Chairman & CEO

Edison International

Rosemead, CA

Mr. John Bryson, a founding Co-Chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison and Edison Mission Group, from 1990 to 2008. He is also the Chair of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California Board of Overseers. Mr. Bryson is a senior advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and a director of The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company and Coda Automotive, Inc. Mr. Bryson serves on the Secretary-General’s United Nations Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and is a trustee of California Institute of Technology and a director of The California Endowment, W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank Americas. He previously served on a number of educational and environmental boards, including as chairman of the California Business Roundtable and as a trustee of Stanford University. Mr. Bryson also served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, and as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. At the start of his career, he was a co-founder and attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national and international environmental organization.

Biography from Boeing

Director Since 1995

Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International. Mr. Bryson has served since August 2008 as Senior Advisor to KKR (private equity). He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International (electric power generator and distributor), the parent company of Southern California Edison, from October 1990 to July 2008. Mr. Bryson also serves on the board of The Walt Disney Company. He is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a director of the W.M. Keck Foundation and The California Endowment, and Chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Mr. Bryson is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee.

Biography from UCLA Anderson

John E. Bryson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Edison International, will address the UCLA Anderson School of Management class of 2006 as this year’s distinguished commencement speaker for the MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and Ph.D. programs on June 16, 2006.

“UCLA Anderson is highly regarded worldwide and this year’s talented and skilled graduates will be in demand by today’s business leaders,” said Bryson.

Edison International is one of the nation’s largest electricity companies.  It includes both the large regulated utility Southern California Edison, and a major competitive power generation business called Edison Mission Group.  The company has combined assets totaling nearly $35 billion.

John Bryson’s professional career began in 1970 when he and a small group of fellow Yale Law School graduates founded the Natural Resources Defense Council.  After helping to launch the Washington DC and California offices of that organization, Bryson devoted several years to public service, where he helped shape California’s response to two severe resource shortages.  From 1976 to 1979 he served as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board, during a period of draught and water shortages.  From 1979 to 1982 he served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, during a period marked by oil shortages and price shocks.

In 1982, Bryson entered the private practice of law.  He joined Edison International in 1984 and became the company’s chairman in 1990.  On his watch, Edison International successfully weathered the California power crisis and has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in the development and use of renewable energy resources.

Bryson is a director of The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company and the California Institute of Technology. He has served as chairman of the California Business Roundtable and the Edison Electric Institute, and as a director on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.  Bryson graduated from Stanford University and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Yale Law School.

Biography from The Walt Disney Company

John E. Bryson, 67, serves as Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and is Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International. Mr. Bryson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International (an electric power generator and distributor), the parent company of Southern California Edison and Edison Mission Group from 1990 to 2008. He has been a director of The Boeing Company since 1995, is a non-executive chairman of the board of BrightSource Energy, Inc. and of the board of overseers of Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a director of the W.M. Keck Foundation and the California Endowment, and was a director of Western Asset Income Fund from 1986 to 2006. Mr. Bryson has been a Director of the Company since 2000.

Biography from Bloomberg Businessweek

Mr. John E. Bryson has been the Senior Advisor of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. since August 2008. Mr. Bryson served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International, Pension Arm (“Edison”). Mr. Bryson has over 30 years of experience as both an industry leader and regulator to KKR’s initiative to invest in global infrastructure opportunities. Mr. Bryson served as an Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International from January … 2000 to July 31, 2008 and its President from January 2000 to April 2008. He served as Senior Vice President for legal and financial affairs at Edison International since 1984. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Edison International from October 1, 1990 to 1999. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern California Edison Company from 1990 to January 2000. Before joining Southern California Edison Company in 1984, Mr. Bryson served as a Partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. He co-founded Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. in 1969 and served as its attorney. He served as President of the California Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to 1982. He has been Chairman and Director of BrightSource Energy, Inc. since September 2010. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Mission Energy Holding Co., since June 2001. He served as the Chairman of Edison Capital, a Subsidiary of Edison International since January 2000. Mr. Bryson served as Chairman of the board of Edison International from October 1, 1990 to 1999. and Southern California Edison Company from January 2003 to June 2007. Mr. Bryson served as Chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board from 1976 to 1978. Mr. Bryson served as Chairman of the Board of Edison Mission Energy from January 2000 to December 2002. He serves as a Co-Chairman of the Board of Electric Drive Transportation Association. He has been a Director of Walt Disney Co. since 2000, Boeing Co. since 1995; The California Endowment since April 2003 and Miles Electric Vehicles, Inc. since November 10, 2008. He serves as a Director of Pacific American Income Shares, Inc; LM Institutional Fund Advisors I, Inc., Western Asset Funds, Inc.-Western Asset High Yield Portfolio and CODA Automotive (CA), Inc. He serves as a Trustee of California Institute of Technology. He serves as a Member of Strategic Advisory Board at On-Ramp Wireless, Inc. He has been a Member of the Americas Advisory Board at Deutsche Bank AG since November 2008. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Electric Drive Transportation Association and Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles. He served as a Director of Mission Energy Holding Co., since June 2001. Mr. Bryson served as a Director of Edison International, Pension Arm. Mr. Bryson served as a Director of Edison Capital since January 2000; Southern California Edison Company from January 2003 to July 31, 2008 and previously from 1990 to 1999; Edison Mission Energy from January 1986 to January 1998 and from January 2000 to December 2002; First Interstate Bancorp since 1981; Western Asset Income Fund since February 12, 1987; Times Mirror Company since 1991; H. F. Ahmanson & Company since 1997 and Edison International from 1990 to July 31, 2008. He served as a Director Council on Foreign Relations, Inc; Western Asset Funds Inc. He served as a Trustee of Western Asset Premier Bond Fund since 2002. Mr. Bryson serves as a Director of W. M. Keck Foundation and co-chair of Pacific Council on International Policy. He served on a number of educational, environmental, and other nonprofit boards, including his tenure as Chairman of the California Business Roundtable and as a Trustee of Stanford University. Mr. Bryson holds a B.A degree from Stanford University and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Yale Law School.

Board Members MEMBERSHIPS*

Former Chairman

Edison Mission Energy

Director

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.

Director

W. M. Keck Foundation

Director

Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles

Co-Chairman

Electric Drive Transportation Association

Chairman

California Business Roundtable

Director

Western Asset Funds, Inc. – Western Asset High Yield Portfolio

Chairman

State Water Resources Control Board

Director

CODA Automotive, Inc.

1981-N/A

Former Director

First Interstate Bancorp

1987-N/A

Former Director, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee, Member of Executive & Contracts Committee, Trustee of Western Asset Premier Bond Fund and Director of Western Asset Funds Inc

Western Asset Income Fund

1990-2008

Former Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Executive Committee

Edison International

1991-N/A

Former Director

Times Mirror Company

1995-Present

Independent Director, Member of Compensation Committee and Member of Governance, Organization & Nominating Committee

Boeing Co.

1997-N/A

Former Director

H.F. Ahmanson & Company

2000-Present

Director

Walt Disney Co.

2001-N/A

Former Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Board of Edison International, Chairman of the Board of Southern California Edison, Chief Executive Officer of Edison International, President of Edison International and Director of Southern California Edison

Mission Energy Holding Co.

2002-N/A

Former Trustee, Member of Executive & Contracts Committee and Member of Governance & Nominating Committee

Western Asset Premier Bond Fund

2003-2008

Former Director, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Pricing Committee, Chairman of Edison Capital, Chairman of Edison International, Chief Executive Officer of Edison International and President of Edison International

Southern California Edison Company

2003-Present

Director

The California Endowment

2008-Present

Director

Miles Electric Vehicles LLC

2010-Present

Chairman, Chairman of Nominating & Governance Committee and Member of Compensation Committee

BrightSource Energy, Inc.

EDUCATION*

Other Education

Stanford University

BA

Stanford University

Other Education

Yale Law School

JD

Yale Law School

Doctorate

Yale Law School

OTHER AFFILIATIONS*

  • First Interstate Bancorp
  • Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Times Mirror Company
  • Walt Disney Co.
  • Stanford University
  • H.F. Ahmanson & Company
  • Edison International
  • Boeing Co.
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Edison Mission Energy
  • Mission Energy Holding Co.
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • The California Endowment
  • Western Asset Premier Bond Fund
  • Edison International, Pension Arm
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Natural Resources Defense Council Inc
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.
  • W. M. Keck Foundation
  • Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Yale Law School
  • Western Asset Income Fund
  • Electric Drive Transportation Association
  • California Business Roundtable
  • Edison Mission Group, Inc.
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Western Asset Funds, Inc. – Western Asset High Yield Portfolio
  • BrightSource Energy, Inc.
  • Miles Electric Vehicles LLC
  • BrightSource Industries (Israel) Ltd.
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • CODA Automotive, Inc.
  • On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.

*Data is at least as current as the most recent Definitive Proxy.