PG&E has appointed Julie Kane to the newly created position of chief ethics and compliance officer, effective May 18. She will report to CEO and President Tony Earley, with additional reporting responsibility to the audit committee of the board of directors.

In 2014, PG&E self-reported apparent violations dating back to 2010 related to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rules governing ex parte communications. In addition to hiring Kane, the company took immediate and definitive action to address these issues as part of its commitment to achieve the highest level of ethics and compliance. More details on these actions can be found here.

In her new position, Kane will be responsible for:

Building a best-in-class ethics and compliance program and overseeing its implementation;

Overseeing company-wide programs for compliance reporting and related investigatory processes, and improving processes for prevention, detection, and investigation of any potential non-compliant activities;

Strengthening ethics and compliance-related training;

Reinforcing PG&E’s ethics and compliance culture, as well as the company’s compliance management system; and

Identifying areas of ethics and compliance risk, and developing preventive and corrective action plans.

Kane will joins PG&E from her current role as general counsel and compliance officer, North America & corporate functions, for Avon Products. Prior to her role with Avon, she held a number of senior roles with Novartis and its affiliates over a 25-year period, culminating in her role as vice president of ethics and compliance for Novartis.