Sr. Vice President of Operations

As a senior vice president for Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI), Brian McDonald oversees operations for the company's Utility and Renewables Divisions. McDonald is a dedicated leader who joined CEI in 2019 from Horizon West Transmission (a NextEra Energy company) where he served as President, helped the company obtain regulated utility status, drove strategic growth in the Western Region, and oversaw development, construction and management of transmission assets.  McDonald also spent 11 years at PG&E in senior management roles directing large teams and overseeing major gas, substation, T&D and renewable project portfolios. While at PG&E, he was involved with several ground-breaking solar projects, including Huron, Stroud, Five Points and Westside in Central California. Prior to PG&E, McDonald worked at Calpine Corporation as a director in their renewables group securing more than $2B in power generation projects. 

He is a registered professional engineer in California, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California. In addition, he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has earned executive training and certification from several prestigious institutions on the West Coast. 

Training / certifications: 
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Strategically Leading Executive Education
Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, Calif. (M-29418)
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Saint Mary's College of California, MBA in Finance...
California State University, Sacramento, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

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