Mr. Trent has 14 years of experience as a utility executive, general counsel and internal legal counsel. From 2009 to 2015, he held a variety of senior executive positions with Duke Energy Corporation, with responsibility for long-term grid strategy, regulated utilities, electric transmission, regulated fossil-fuel and hydro generation, health, safety and environment, fuel and system optimization, central engineering and services, and commercial businesses operating in domestic and international retail and wholesale competitive markets. During his tenure, Mr. Trent also had oversight responsibility of Duke Energy\u2019s internal audit function, Sarbanes-Oxley processes, and the financial operations of four of Duke Energy\u2019s electric utilities. Prior to that, Mr. Trent held a variety of positions at Duke with responsibility for corporate strategy, government relations, corporate communications, technology initiatives, legal, internal audit and compliance (as general counsel), and major litigation and government investigations (as lead litigator). He also practiced law for 15 years before joining Duke.
Mr. Trent provides extensive utility operations, strategic planning, legal and safety experience as an executive of one of the largest electric power companies in the U.S., where he had direct management responsibility for the health and safety of a large workforce. His utility operational experience in, and perspective on, regulation, risk management, safety and cybersecurity are particularly relevant to our business and the regulatory framework in which SCE operates. This experience is particularly valuable to our Audit and Finance and Safety and Operations Committees, and supports his role as the Board’s liaison to the Company’s cybersecurity oversight group.