Johnston Named SCE Vice President

November 19, 2004

November 19, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Nov. 19, 2004 – The Southern California Edison (SCE) Board of Directors has elected Walter J. Johnston vice president of power delivery of its transmission and distribution business unit effective Jan. 1, 2005.  He will be responsible for operations, maintenance and construction of SCE’s 12,000-mile transmission and 88,000-mile distribution system.  He replaces A. Larry Grant who announced his retirement effective February 1, 2005.

Johnston is currently SCE’s managing director of construction and maintenance of power delivery, responsible for all transmission, substation and distribution maintenance and construction activities at SCE.  He joined SCE in 1969 as an engineer trainee and has held numerous positions including engineering, construction, project management, and organizational management.  He was appointed to his current role in May 2003. 

Commenting on Johnston’s promotion, Grant said, “Walt has exceptional qualifications for this management position because of his deep credentials in engineering and construction.  He is very results-oriented and always exhibits excellent interpersonal relationships, especially with field personnel.  SCE’s leadership team is strengthened and enhanced with this appointment.”

Johnston and his wife Annie reside in La Verne with their two children -- their son, Matt, an engineering student at UC Irvine, and daughter Ali, a high school junior.  The Johnstons are actively involved in their church, The Family Life Christian Center of Glendora, where she is assistant pastor and he serves on the board of advisors and teaches a children’s Sunday school class.

Walter graduated cum laude with a B.S. in engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.

For a photo of Mr. Johnston, please contact Southern California Edison's Corporate Communications department at 626-302-2255.

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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.6 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.