May 16, 2006

John E. BrysonLOS ANGELES – John E. Bryson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Edison International, will address the UCLA Anderson School of Management class of 2006 as this year's distinguished commencement speaker for the MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and Ph.D. programs on June 16, 2006.

“UCLA Anderson is highly regarded worldwide and this year’s talented and skilled graduates will be in demand by today’s business leaders,” said Bryson.

Edison International is one of the nation’s largest electricity companies.  It includes both the large regulated utility Southern California Edison, and a major competitive power generation business called Edison Mission Group.  The company has combined assets totaling nearly $35 billion.

John Bryson’s professional career began in 1970 when he and a small group of fellow Yale Law School graduates founded the Natural Resources Defense Council.  After helping to launch the Washington DC and California offices of that organization, Bryson devoted several years to public service, where he helped shape California’s response to two severe resource shortages.  From 1976 to 1979 he served as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board, during a period of draught and water shortages.  From 1979 to 1982 he served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, during a period marked by oil shortages and price shocks. 

In 1982, Bryson entered the private practice of law.  He joined Edison International in 1984 and became the company’s chairman in 1990.  On his watch, Edison International successfully weathered the California power crisis and has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in the development and use of renewable energy resources. 

Bryson is a director of The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company and the California Institute of Technology. He has served as chairman of the California Business Roundtable and the Edison Electric Institute, and as a director on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.  Bryson graduated from Stanford University and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Yale Law School.

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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 34,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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