Justin Bird

President, Sempra LNG

Justin Bird is president of Sempra LNG. In this role, Bird is responsible for the marketing and commercial development of Sempra’s five LNG projects. He also serves as a board member of IEnova, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary in Mexico.

Bird led the continued development of the LNG projects in his prior position as chief development officer for Sempra North American Infrastructure.

Previously, Bird was vice president and gas infrastructure special counsel for Sempra Energy. In this position, he led the company’s response to regulatory and litigation activity related to the operation of SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.

Prior to that, Bird served as vice president, compliance and governance and corporate secretary for Sempra Energy, where he directed the company’s ethics and compliance programs and also acted as chief governance officer and corporate secretary.

From 2012 to 2014, he was director of project finance for Sempra Energy, where he led the successful $7.4 billion financing of the Cameron LNG liquefaction export terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana, as well as several other significant financings. From 2004 to 2012, Bird held positions as counsel, senior counsel and principal attorney, working on a wide range of business transactions for Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries. Bird played a key role in the development and commercial arrangements for the Cameron LNG facility and Energía Costa Azul regasification terminal in Baja California, Mexico. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specialized in energy project development and finance.

Bird serves as a board member of the Corporate Director’s Forum, which provides board-focused peer networking and director education in corporate governance.

Bird holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the school’s Law Review.