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ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 31, 2011 — President Barack Obama today nominated John E. Bryson, retired chairman and CEO of Edison International, to be U.S. Commerce Secretary.
"For 18 years, John was a visionary leader of Edison International, and we know that he will bring that same leadership to the Department of Commerce," said Theodore F. Craver Jr., CEO and chairman of Edison International. "On behalf of John's friends and colleagues at Edison International, I congratulate John for receiving this extraordinary recognition."
Bryson retired from Edison International in July 2008.
Bryson joined Edison in 1984 and was elected chairman and CEO of Edison International in 1990. From 1990 through 2000, he also served as chairman and CEO of Southern California Edison, the company’s regulated utility subsidiary. Before joining Edison, Bryson was a partner in a major law firm. He served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to 1982, and before that was chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Earlier, Bryson co-founded and served as an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading national environmental organization.
Bryson earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale Law School.
About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Mission Group, a competitive power generation business and parent company to Edison Mission Energy and Edison Capital.