PG&E Hires Technology Veteran as CIO

PG&E Corp.

this week named information-technology veteran Ajay Waghray as senior vice president and chief information officer. Mr. Waghray will be responsible for overseeing the company’s information technology and cybersecurity functions and will manage its more than 1,200 IT employees.

He starts Sept. 21 and will report to Bill Smith, PG&E’s interim chief executive officer.

Incoming PG&E CIO Ajay Waghray starts Sept. 21.



PG&E, based in San Francisco, is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California’s largest utility. Mr. Waghray, as CIO of PG&E Corp., also will oversee all IT at Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

PG&E said Mr. Waghray wasn’t available for interviews.

Mr. Waghray joins PG&E from Agni Growth Ventures, a technology advisory and angel investment firm, where he has been managing partner. Mr. Waghray also has been executive vice president and chief technology officer at

Assurant Inc.,

which provides support and protection services for mobile devices, housing and vehicles. Before joining Assurant, he was chief information officer at Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Verizon Wireless.

Adam Famularo, the chief executive of software company Erwin Inc., worked with Mr. Waghray when Mr. Famularo was vice president of global channels at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

“What you look for in a CIO is somebody who listens to the business, understands their challenges, and then tackles them with the right technology,” Mr. Famularo said. “And Ajay was always very good at that.”

Mr. Waghray also sits on the advisory board of Veego Software Ltd., a startup offering AI software that monitors the performance of internet-connected devices in the home.

“We find him very technical, but very, very business oriented,” said Amir Kotler, Veego’s founder and chief executive.

Mr. Waghray succeeds Steve Holland, interim chief information lead. Mr. Holland had been in that position since April, taking over for Kathy Kay. Ms. Kay, who had been the company’s CIO, earlier this year joined the

Principal Financial Group

as senior vice president and chief information officer.

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Appeared in the September 4, 2020, print edition as ‘PG&E Taps Technology Veteran to Oversee IT.’

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