Jim Piro

President & CEO, Portland General Electric

Jim Piro

Jim Piro is president and chief executive officer of Portland General Electric (PGE), and has 35 years of experience in the utility business. Prior to becoming CEO, he had served as executive vice president of Finance, chief financial officer and treasurer since 2000.

Since joining PGE in 1980 as a civil engineer in Generation Engineering, Piro has been integrally involved in a number of strategic company initiatives. He served as a revenue requirement analyst in Economic Regulation and a financial analyst in Forecasting and Business Development. He also managed the departments of Economic Analysis and Strategic Planning Support.

A 1974 graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., Piro earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. Piro is also a registered professional engineer in California, and before working at PGE, he was a civil engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric, which is based in San Francisco, Calif. 

Piro serves on several boards including LifeWorks Northwest, Greenlight Greater Portland, Oregon State University Foundation, and the PGE Foundation. He is also engaged in the business and utility industries, serving on the boards of the Oregon Business Council and the Edison Electric Institute.

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