RBS Sempra Commodities' David Messer resigns

Mar 25, 2009

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         SAN DIEGO, March 25, 2009 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today confirmed that David A. Messer has resigned as president and chief executive officer of RBS Sempra Commodities, the company’s  commodities-marketing joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE:RBS).

        Messer worked for Sempra Energy and its predecessor companies for 11 years and 26 years in the financial sector.

        Mark A. Snell, chief financial officer of Sempra Energy, and Jeremy Wright, chief administrative officer of RBS’ markets business, will manage the business jointly in the interim, until a successor is named.

        “David has played a significant leadership role in building our successful commodities business and we wish him well,” said Donald E. Felsinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy.  “Looking forward, we have a very strong commodities franchise that continues to grow and prosper with the support of RBS.”   

        “Together, we built a company about which we can be immensely proud,” Messer said.    

        The joint venture was formed April 1, 2008, when RBS Sempra Commodities LLP purchased Sempra Commodities.  RBS Sempra Commodities became a part of RBS’ Global Banking and Markets business.  

        RBS Sempra Commodities is an international marketing and trading company that combines financial risk management with physical expertise to provide innovative solutions for customers in natural gas, power, petroleum and base metals, as well as natural gas liquids, coal, emissions credits and ethanol.  

        Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

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