President Barack Obama today nominated John E. Bryson, retired chairman and CEO of Edison International, to be U.S. Commerce Secretary. In a speech announcing the nomination, President Obama said that Bryson “understands what it takes for America to succeed in a 21st century global economy.
“For 18 years, John was a visionary leader of Edison International, and we know that he will bring that same leadership to the Department of Commerce,” said Theodore F. Craver Jr., CEO and chairman of Edison International, in a statement. “On behalf of John’s friends and colleagues at Edison International, I congratulate John for receiving this extraordinary recognition.”
Bryson retired from Edison International in July 2008.
Bryson joined Edison in 1984 and was elected chairman and CEO of Edison International in 1990. From 1990 through 2000, he also served as chairman and CEO of Southern California Edison, the company’s regulated utility subsidiary.
Before joining Edison, Bryson was a partner in a major law firm. He served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to 1982, and before that was chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Earlier, Bryson co-founded and served as an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading national environmental organization. Bryson also serves on the board of trustees for Caltech.
Bryson earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale Law School.