Denita Willoughby, the founder and CEO of a management consulting firm has been named regional vice president of external affairs for the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the company announced last week.
“We are pleased to welcome Denita to our management team at SoCalGas,” said Dennis V. Arriola, president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas. “She has extensive governmental and community affairs experience and is well known for her leadership in the greater Los Angeles community.”
As vice president of external affairs for SoCalGas, Willoughby will lead the company’s community relations, public affairs and media and employee communications efforts.
Before starting The Willoughby Group, she was with AT&T for more than 15 years, serving from 2006 to 2011 as the communication company’s vice president of external affairs. Willoughby led the company’s local government and community affairs activities in the Greater Los Angeles area.
California Diversity Magazine selected her as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in California.”
Willoughby has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on the boards of Green Dot Public Schools, Vision to Learn, UNITE LA and California Institute of the Arts.