Meet Our Team
Sempra LNG & Midstream
Octávio Simões, President—Sempra LNG & Midstream
Octávio Simões is president of Sempra LNG & Midstream, where he directs all LNG and related midstream operations.
Previously, Simões was the vice president of commercial development for Sempra LNG, where he was responsible for marketing the capacity of LNG receipt terminals, developing LNG facilities, securing LNG supply, securing shipping and acquiring equity positions in liquefaction plants. Prior to that, Simões served as vice president of asset management and vice president of planning and analysis for Sempra Generation. He was also project director for the company’s 600-megawatt Termoeléctrica de Mexicali natural-gas power plant in Mexicali, Mexico.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Simões served as senior program director for Earth Tech, as well as director of generation projects for NEERI. Simões has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, serving as a project manager, developer, consultant and asset manager in the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Simões holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.
Amy Chiu, Vice President—Asset Management
Amy Chiu, vice president of asset management, is responsible for management and optimization of all current Sempra LNG & Midstream contracts and asset positions, the Cameron LNG joint-venture transition and overall profit and loss functions.
Before joining Sempra LNG & Midstream, Chiu held the role of vice president of business process improvement and enterprise risk management for the Sempra Energy utilities San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), where she was responsible for capital and business optimization and risk management and strategic analysis. Prior to that, she was vice president of information technology for SDG&E and SoCalGas, where she was responsible for information technologies, vision and operational oversight including computing infrastructure, client services, applications, information security and information management for both utilities and Sempra Energy Corporate Center.
Chiu also served as vice president of risk analysis and management for Sempra Energy and prior to that was vice president of audit services. She held positions of increasing responsibility including director of business planning in the mergers and acquisitions group, manager of executive projects and manager of economic analysis. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she held senior-level financial and actuarial analyst positions for Intelsat and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
Chiu holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., a master’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington D.C., and a doctorate in mathematics from Boston University
Scott Chrisman, Vice President—Commercial Development
Scott Chrisman, vice president of commercial development, is responsible for worldwide commercial and development activities including development of liquefaction and regasification projects, LNG marketing, sales and purchases, business development and establishing and maintaining business relationships.
From 2011 to 2014, Chrisman was the executive project leader for the Cameron LNG liquefaction project which is owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG & Midstream (50.2%), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (16.6%), ENGIE S.A. (16.6%), and a joint venture (16.6%) between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Prior to 2011, Chrisman served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Sempra LNG, including vice president of finance, director of commercial development and director of economic analysis, where he facilitated the commercialization of the Cameron LNG and Energia Costa Azul regasification terminals.
Before joining Sempra LNG in 2003, Chrisman was in investment banking at Simmons & Company International where he led over $3 billion of M&A transactions in the midstream gas sector. From 1990 to 1998, Chrisman held various management positions at Exxon Chemicals in research, plant operations, project management and business planning. Chrisman has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Tulsa, Okla., and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Rice University. Chrisman is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Ryan D. O’Neal, Vice President—Midstream
Ryan D. O’Neal is vice president of Midstream for Sempra LNG & Midstream. He is responsible for leading the development of pipeline and storage infrastructure projects integrated with Sempra’s LNG liquefaction opportunities as well as additional midstream opportunities within the U.S.
Prior to his current role, O’Neal was vice president of major project controls and analysis for Sempra Energy, where he oversaw the governance for large construction projects across the Sempra Energy companies. His responsibilities included helping ensure the success of major construction projects by standardizing processes, controls, reporting and establishing best practices.
Prior to that, O’Neal served as vice president of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power leading the operations center and acquisitions, business development and commercial transactions in the midstream sector. He also served as chief operating officer for the Sempra Pipelines & Storage Midstream group and vice president of development for Sempra Pipelines & Storage’s international unit.
Before joining Sempra Energy in 1990, O’Neal held various positions with Southern California Gas Co. in project development, project management, marketing, distribution and storage operations. He began his career with an independent oil and gas production company where he was responsible for U.S. West Coast operations. O’Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Michael Sliwowski, Vice President—Business Origination
Michael Sliwowski, vice president of business origination, is responsible for developing and maintaining global business relationships necessary for Sempra LNG & Midstream’s market growth and managing the development of additional LNG facilities.
Previously, Sliwowski was vice president of business development for Sempra Energy Trading. He was also responsible for setting up Sempra Energy Europe and developing the LNG trading business.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Sliwowski held several senior positions in the commodity and capital market divisions of Deutsche Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland and Merrill Lynch. Sliwowski holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of Hull in England.
Sempra Infrastructure, LLC
Robert Borthwick, Vice President and General Counsel
Robert Borthwick is vice president and general counsel at Sempra Infrastructure, LLC, where he leads the company’s legal, environmental, health & safety, regulatory, human resources and external affairs groups. Previously, Borthwick was vice president and general counsel for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, and before that, served as associate general counsel at Sempra Energy.
Borthwick has more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, he practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
Borthwick received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Reuben Rosen, Managing Director—Operations Center
Reuben Rosen is managing director – Operations Center for Sempra Infrastructure, LLC. In this role, Rosen is responsible for leading Sempra Infrastructure, LLC’s asset portfolio trading team, which includes power and gas trading and logistics supporting Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream.
Previously, Rosen was head of risk and structuring for the Operations Center and served as an attorney leading significant project development, finance and merger and acquisition transactions across the Sempra Energy family of companies. Prior to joining Sempra, Rosen was an attorney with Latham & Watkins.
Rosen holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the California Bar.