Martha B. Wyrsch is the former Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy-services. During her 6 years at Sempra, Martha oversaw all of the company’s legal affairs, the office of the Corporate Secretary and Compliance.
In 2018, the Financial Times named Martha in its prestigious “Global GC 25” list of the top 25 general counsels. From 2009 to 2012, she served as president of Vestas American Wind Systems and had direct responsibility for all North American sales, construction, service and maintenance. As chair of the Vestas North American Regional Council, she also had coordinating oversight of North American-based manufacturing, supply chain and other support functions.
Previously, Martha served nearly 10 years at Duke Energy and its spin-off, Spectra Energy Corp. She was president and CEO of Duke Energy Gas Transmission beginning in 2005. Subsequently, she became president and CEO of Spectra Energy Transmission, overseeing its natural gas transmission and storage business in the U.S. and Canada, as well as its gathering, processing and distribution businesses in Canada. She joined Duke Energy in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel and was promoted to Group Vice President and General Counsel in 2004. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Martha worked at KN Energy, Inc., from 1991 to 1999 where she served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary as well as a variety of other senior legal roles.
Previously, she was an attorney with Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, specialising in corporate law, with a focus on oil and gas, real estate transactions, as well as securities and finance filings.
From 1980 to 1983, Martha was a legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), responsible for matters in the areas of energy, environment, health and safety, transportation and banking. She currently serves on the board of directors of First American Financial Corporation, Spectris PLC and Cristo Rey Network. Martha holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from George Washington University. She also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.