Anthony (Tony) F. Earley, Jr. became Executive Chair of the Board of PG&E Corporation on March 1, 2017.
Earley previously served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of PG&E Corporation, a role he held since arriving from DTE Energy in September 2011.
At PG&E, Earley has spearheaded major initiatives related to safety culture, operational excellence, long-term integrated planning and workforce development. Under Earley's leadership, PG&E has experienced the highest reliability in its over 150-year history. PG&E also continues to grow its clean energy portfolio, with about 70 percent of its customers' energy having no carbon emissions.
As former Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of investor utilities, Earley was directly involved in the development of national policies on energy, the environment and climate change issues. In 2014, Earley received EEI's Distinguished Leadership Award for his decades of contributions to the electric power industry. He also served as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Before joining PG&E Corporation, Earley served in a number of executive leadership roles during 17 years at DTE Energy, including Executive Chairman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining DTE Energy in March 1994, Earley served in various capacities at Long Island Lighting Company, including President and Chief Operating Officer. He was also a partner at the Hunton & Williams law firm.
Earley serves on the executive committees of the Edison Electric Institute and the Nuclear Energy Institute and served on the board of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is also on the board at Ford Motor Company.
Earley earned a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in engineering, and a law degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the advisory council of the College of Engineering. After graduating from Notre Dame, Earley went on to serve as an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program, where he was qualified as a chief engineer officer.
His commitment to the community includes memberships on the boards of United Way Bay Area; The Exploratorium, a science, arts and human perception museum based in San Francisco; and the Bay Area Council. Earley was named 2015 Philanthropic CEO of the Year by the American Red Cross of the Bay Area. His community service was also recognized by readers of The Detroit News, and in 2003, he was selected as one of the several Michiganians of the Year.