Kevin M. Payne

President and Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Edison

Kevin M. Payne is president and chief executive officer of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric utilities, delivering power to approximately 15 million people in a 50,000-square-mile service area spanning Central, Coastal and Southern California. He is a member of SCE’s board of directors.

Before his current role, Payne was senior vice president of Customer Service for SCE. In that role, he was responsible for SCE’s customer products and services, customer engagement and call center operations, demand-side management programs, account management and advanced metering.

In more than 30 years with SCE, Payne has held various leadership positions, including: vice president of Engineering & Technical Services, overseeing the planning, engineering and design of SCE’s transmission and distribution systems; and vice president of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), where he led an implementation of SAP-integrated systems and streamlined the company's business operations. He was also director of Renewable and Alternative Power and director of Major Customer Technical Support. He began his career with SCE in 1986 in the Engineering and Construction department managing power plant retrofits and other engineering projects.

Payne serves as a member of the Electric Innovation Management Committee of the Edison Electric Institute, the Los Angeles Sustainability Leadership Council and the Southern California Leadership Council.

Payne has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer.

Kevin M. Payne