December 06, 2006

Alan J. Fohrer was presented with the Executive Leadership award by UCLA Anderson IS Associates.LOS ANGELES - For excellence in the incorporation of information systems (IS) in the achievement of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) corporate goals, CEO Alan J. Fohrer was presented with the Executive Leadership award by UCLA Anderson IS Associates.  Over 130 attendees honored Fohrer at the IS Associates 18th annual Executive Leadership Dinner, held December 6 on the UCLA campus.

“Successful technology and value capture require executive vision and leadership from the top of the organization,” said Judy Olian, Dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  “I join the IS Associates in applauding Mr. Fohrer for his commitment to SCE’s process innovations.”

Under Mr. Fohrer’s leadership, SCE, which provides power to more than 4.7 million customers, has advanced effective technology solutions and processes through a concentrated business/IT partnership – a collaboration that has been instrumental to the success of SCE’s Business Process Integration and SAP Enterprise Resource Planning initiatives.

“The Executive Leadership award recognizes CEO-level business leaders in Southern California who do an extraordinary job of driving information technology (IT) within their organization,” said Lew Leeburg, IS Associates Executive Director.  “Under Al Fohrer’s direction, the SCE Information Technology organization has partnered with the company’s various business units to deliver effective technology solutions that have transformed SCE’s internal processes.”

In developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan, “Building the Future,” Mr. Fohrer expanded and elevated the role of the Chief Information Officer, after which Ms. Mahvash Yazdi was hired as Senior VP of Business Integration and CIO to help implement his vision.  Ms. Yazdi reports directly to Mr. Fohrer, an uncommon arrangement in most business organizations.  Under Ms. Yazdi, SCE’s IT organization has been nationally recognized for nine consecutive years by ComputerWorld magazine as one of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT.”  Along the way, two senior IT executives have been recognized as ComputerWorld magazine “Premier 100” leaders, and SCE was ranked last year by InformationWeek as 12th among all U.S. companies for IT vision and leadership.

“We have a duty and responsibility to make sure our employees have the technology they need at their fingertips,” commented Mr. Fohrer.  “That technology must be sophisticated, state-of-the-art, and fully functional, so our employees can continue to serve our customers efficiently,  effectively and reliably in the high-growth, high-demand environment in which we operate.”

Accepting the award from Dean Olian, Fohrer thanked UCLA Anderson IS Associates for providing, “a much-appreciated recognition for the vital partnership that exists at Southern California Edison between our information technology organization and the company’s operations.”  Fohrer provided an overview of the critical role that IT plays in the company’s operations to supply electricity to more than 4.7 million customers, including the challenges facing the company as demand for electricity continues to grow due to increased usage and a rapidly expanding customer base in Southern California.  “Our IT experts are central to our vision of what the future will look like.  The way we’ve done business for the past 100 years won’t get us to where we need to be in the next 10 years.  At SCE, we understand that and we’re looking forward to another 100 years largely because IT will provide the innovation we need to succeed.” 

About IS Associates
UCLA Anderson IS Associates was established in 1978 as a professional partnership between UCLA Anderson School of Management and corporate and governmental enterprises.  It is dedicated to the more effective management and understanding of information systems, and the more effective leadership of the IS function.  The organization involves senior executives, leading consultants and suppliers, and faculty, staff and students of UCLA Anderson in a program of information-sharing and research.   Membership is open to organizations involved in the professional application of information systems to business and research.  For more information, please visit

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 35,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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