Board Candidates​

2020 Board Candidates

*First Election for Three-Year Term

Ted J. Balestreri
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Cannery Row Company
(real estate development/hospitality)
Lewis Hotel Management School, Washington, D.C. Owns and operates commercial buildings in Monterey and Central California, including the Sardine Factory Restaurant and the Inns of Monterey hotels. Member, World Travel & Tourism Council. Former member, California Travel & Tourism Commission, 1985–2007. CalChamber director since October 2003.

Mark S. Bertrand
Vice President, Space & Defense
Boeing Capital Corporation
(aerospace financing solutions)
Bachelor’s, finance with minor in German, Southern Methodist University. Master’s, international business administration, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona. Began finance career at Bear Stearns, Inc. in New York. Also worked at BW Bank in Stuttgart, Germany, and as director of customer finance for Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation. Joined Boeing Capital in 2002. Leads team that structures and arranges financing on behalf of Boeing Defense, Space & Security customers. CalChamber director since March 2016.

John F. Boyle
President and Chief Executive Officer
Automobile Club of Southern California (insurance/member services)
Bachelor’s, accounting, California State University, Long Beach. Began career at Auto Club in 1989 as controller, holding increasingly responsible positions in finance. Has overseen expansion of auto, home and watercraft insurance products provided through the Auto Club. CalChamber director since January 2018.

*Mike Burnett
Regional Vice President of Technical Operations
Comcast California (telecommunications)
Bachelor’s, marketing, University of Arkansas. Previously served Comcast as vice president of field operations in Oregon/Southwest Washington region and vice president of sales channel effectiveness for Comcast West Division. Before joining Comcast, had 16-year career with CenturyLink, holding leadership roles culminating in vice president and general manager of South/Western Colorado Region. Earlier in career, held sales and marketing leadership roles at Qwest Communications and AT&T. New candidate.

 *William R. Campbell
Managing Director
Citigroup, Inc. (investment banking)
B.A., accounting, Siena College. Certified Public Accountant. Heads Citigroup’s investor sales and relationship management for West Coast and is a member of Citigroup’s California Business Council. Previously co-ran Investment Grade Bond Department for six years, having joined the business in 1992 after starting in the Salomon Brothers division in 1990 as part of the Securities and Exchange Commission reporting group and Treasurer’s office. Previously was a practicing accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chamber director since March 2020.

*Sergio De Castro
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Chief Financial Officer
Aera Energy LLC (oil and gas production)
Bachelor’s, industrial engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; M.B.A., George Mason University. Financial career covers more than 20 years on four continents. Joined ExxonMobil in 1994 at Bogota, Colombia, working in audit, controller’s and treasurer’s departments. Later served as financial officer in locations including Chile, Great Britain, Angola and United States. Named CFO and senior vice president at Aera (jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil) in 2017. CalChamber director since October 2019.

*Jeff Dern
PRIDE Industries (business outsourcing solutions/employer of people with disabilities)
B.S., business administration, California State University, Sacramento; M.B.A. Drexel University. Joined PRIDE in 2008; named vice president of finance in 2014, chief financial officer in 2016 and president in 2018. More than 19 years of domestic and international experience in accounting and finance, including positions at Oracle Corporation, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen. CalChamber director since January 2019.

Sandra O. Floyd
President and Chief Executive Officer
OUTSOURCE Consulting Services (human capital management)
B.S. in organizational behavior, University of San Francisco. Graduate of UCLA Anderson School of Management and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management programs in entrepreneurial studies and advanced management. Founded OUTSOURCE in 1994. Recognized by San Francisco Business Times in 2019 as one of “100 Influential Bay Area Business Women.” CalChamber director since July 2010.

Laurie M. Giammona
Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (natural gas/electric utility)
Joined PG&E in 2012 as vice president of customer service. Previously served as regional vice president of customer care at Comcast; vice president of customer care before the merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband; and held executive positions at United Airlines. CalChamber director since December 2015.

*Craig D. Gott
Suburban Water Systems (water and wastewater utility)
B.S., civil engineering; University of Wollongong, Australia; MBA (finance), University of La Verne. Licensed professional civil engineer with multiple certifications. Joined Suburban in 2002, serving as vice president of engineering, vice president of field operations and general manager before being named president. Previously worked for Sydney Water (Australian Water Technologies) in New South Wales, Australia. CalChamber director since January 2020.

*Jennifer M. Haley
Kern Oil & Refining Co. (oil refining and marketing)
B.A., history, magna cum laude, University of San Diego; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, Order of the Coif. Joined Kern Oil in 2012 as vice president with emphasis on legal and government affairs. Named president in March 2018. Previously served as an attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP, working out of the San Diego office with the litigation, municipal and special districts practice groups. CalChamber director since July 2019.

*Kerry Tullis Hattevik
Trans Bay Cable LLC (energy transmission)
B.A., international studies, University of Oregon, Eugene; M.S., energy and environmental management, Norwegian School of Management BL, Sandvika, Oslo. Elevated to current post in 2019 after a decade as regional director of west government affairs at parent company NextEra Energy Resources. Preceding decade included stints at California Public Utilities Commission and as regulatory/government affairs manager for the West and California for nationwide energy utility NRG Energy, Inc. CalChamber director since January 2020.

Mark Jansen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Diamond Growers (tree nut processing and marketing)
M.B.A., marketing and finance, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Named to current post in October 2010 following career in branded retail and food service business. Former president, Schwan’s Food Service in Marshall, Minnesota. Also worked for the Pillsbury Company, Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. and General Mills, Inc. 2020 CalChamber chair and member of Executive Committee. CalChamber director since February 2011.

*Dominick Johnson
Reyes Beer Division, Los Angeles Market Unit (beer distributor)
More than two decades of experience driving sales and growth for largest beer distributor in the nation. Started career with Reyes Beer Division as a merchandiser, holding positions of increasing responsibility before being promoted to current role. Brief stints for company outside California on East Coast as president of Reyes Beer Division distributorships in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. New Candidate.

*Stefanie Kane
Managing Partner, Southwest Market
PricewaterhouseCoopers (accounting)
Graduate, Washington University, St. Louis. Nearly 30 years with company, including 15+ years as a partner. Has led service teams for several of PwC’s largest clients with primary focus on consumer-facing marketing and media businesses. Technical expertise in all aspects of financial reporting and complex capital market transactions. Previous senior leadership positions within PwC included global media; technology, media and telecommunications strategy. Also spearheaded several PwC women’s leadership initiatives. CalChamber director since June 2020.

*Kevin Kapala
Chief Operating Officer
ampm and ARCO (retail and fuels)
B.A., communications, Millikin University; MBA, Benedictine University. In current role since September 2019, responsibilities include supplier relationships, franchisee development and strategic direction of business. More than 25 years in sales, marketing and corporate strategy includes 15 years leading national sales of retail fuels and mobility solutions for BP Products North America, as well as relaunch of Amoco brand and BP launch of next generation fuels in Northern California. CalChamber director since March 2020.

John H. Kautz
Kautz Ironstone Vineyards (grower-vintner)
Lifelong farmer. Started with 12 acres; now grows on more than 5,000 acres in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills. Family owns and operates Bear Creek and Ironstone Vineyards wineries. Among top 10 wine grape growers in the state. CalChamber director since January 1994.

*Julie Kreger King
Greater Northern California Operations Leader
Antea Group
(engineering/environmental services)
B.S., environmental toxicology, University of California, Davis. Leads team of engineers, scientists, geologists, and environmental, health and safety regulatory experts. Before joining Antea Group, spent 23 years at super computer manufacturer Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), based in Silicon Valley, where she was global director of environmental, health and safety, and interim corporate security manager. CalChamber director since September 2018

Janet W. Lamkin
California President
United Airlines (air travel services)
Previously was California state president at Bank of America where she spent 20 years in a variety of management positions. Former CEO of California Bankers Association. Recent past chair of the Bay Area Council. Member, University of California President’s Advisory Board. CalChamber director since July 2007.

Jonathan K. Layne
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (law firm)
B.A. in economics, The College of William and Mary; J.D., Emory University School of Law; M.B.A., Emory University Graduate School of Business Administration. Joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 1979, and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate transactions. CalChamber director since January 2003.

Janet A. Liang
President – Northern California
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. (health care services)
Bachelor’s degree, political science, Boston University; master’s degree in health administration, University of Washington. More than 25 years of experience in health care industry includes current role directing Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region (since July 2016), preceded by two years as chief operating officer, seven years as president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and executive posts over 15 years at Group Health Cooperative in Washington. Member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since August 2017.

John F. Llewellyn
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries (funeral, cemetery services)
Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of Redlands; M.B.A., University of Southern California. After working for Pacific Telephone and Allstate Insurance Company, began career with Forest Lawn in 1972, becoming president and chief executive officer in 1988 and assuming current position in March 2011. CalChamber director since January 1991.

*Michael Marelli
Vice President, Business Planning
Edison International (electric/energy utility) Irwindale
B.S., mechanical and aeronautical engineering, University of California, Davis. Registered professional engineer in California. More than 25 years of experience in energy industry, holding leadership roles in engineering, marketing, business development, wholesale energy markets and regulatory affairs. Before joining Southern California Edison in 2004, spent several years developing new businesses at Sempra International and worked four years in management consulting at PA Consulting Group. Also worked for Southern California Gas Company. CalChamber director since April 2018.

*Ariel Roblin
President and General Manager
KCRA-TV (broadcast media)
Bachelor’s in communications and fine arts, University of Miami. Named to current post, effective July 1, 2020. Returned to Northern California after leading KETV, Omaha, one of ABC’s top-performing network affiliates. Previously was general sales manager at KRCR-TV and KAEF-TV, the BlueStone Television stations serving the Chico-Redding and Eureka, California markets. Began television career in Miami, Florida, moving on to sales positions at TV stations in Dayton, Ohio, and Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Bluestone stations. New Candidate.

Susan Savage
Chief Executive Officer
Sacramento River Cats (minor league baseball franchise)
UCLA graduate. With late husband, Art Savage, purchased Triple-A franchise in October 1998 and moved team from Vancouver to Sacramento before the 2000 season. Fifth season as sole majority owner. CalChamber director since January 2015.

*David L. Sheridan
Vice President, Remote Sensing
Lockheed Martin (aerospace)
Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, Santa Clara University. Career Lockheed Martin employee with 33 years of satellite design and management experience. Before current position was vice president of the Overhead Persistent Infrared unit and program manager for the Space Based Infrared System, which provides global missile surveillance data to key government policy and decision makers. CalChamber director since July 2018.

John A. Stowell
Senior Vice President
The Walt Disney Company (entertainment)
B.Com. (accountancy and business administration), University of Canterbury. LL.B., University of Canterbury Law School. LL.M. (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center. Chartered Accountant. As senior vice president, corporate taxes, is responsible for all domestic and international tax matters. Began career with Deloitte in Auckland, NewZealand. Before joining Disney, held executive positions with Delphi Automotive LLP (subsequently Delphi Automotive PLC), and Avery Dennison Corporation, where he was regional counsel for Asia Pacific and Latin America, European tax counsel (based in Switzerland), and director of tax planning and then vice president of taxes (based in Pasadena). Member of CalChamber Executive Committee. CalChamber director since January 2017.

Richard Svindland
California American Water (water and wastewater utility)
Bachelor’s, civil engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Master’s, civil engineering, University of Kentucky. Named to current position effective March 1, 2017. More than 25 years of experience in water and wastewater fields, serving most recently as vice president of operations at California American Water. Previously led engineering at California American Water and worked extensively on various projects in company’s southeast region. CalChamber director since May 2017.

*Mike Vomund
Vice President, Americas Products West
Chevron Corporation (energy)
Bachelor’s, civil engineering, University of California, Davis; J.D., Golden Gate University. Responsible for Chevron refineries and associated fuels marketing activities in Western United States. Previously oversaw fuels distribution and transportation operations across the Americas, including fuel distribution from Canada to Colombia via terminal, trucking and rail. Joined Chevron in 1988, holding engineering, marketing, environmental and safety, operations and corporate positions of increasing responsibility in North America and Africa. CalChamber director since March 2019.

Frank Washington
Chief Executive Officer
Crossings TV (Asian language cable network)
B.A. from Cornell University; J.D., Yale University Law School. Was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and since 1977 has held positions in communications, including White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, Federal Communications Commission, cable television and computer information services at Times-Mirror Company and McClatchy Newspapers, and a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. Crossings TV founded in 2005. CalChamber director since January 2000.

Margaret Wong
President and Chief Executive Officer
McWong International, Inc. (international ventures)
B.S. in economics and finance, University of Hong Kong. Corporate controller for a Bostrom Management Corporation in Chicago and vice president of American Savings and Loan before founding McWong International, Inc. in 1984. Founded McWong Environmental and Energy Group in 1997. CalChamber director since April 2011.