Mahvash Yazdi

Mahvash Yazdi served as Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Business Integration and Chief Information Officer for Edison International and Hughes Aircraft Company. Yazdi’s work and experience span over three industries and continents and draws from 38 years of experience. Mahvash joined Edison International in 1997, at the beginning of California’s deregulation to serve in a transformational leadership capacity for the company and a key executive strategist in shaping the future of the company and the industry. Mahvash transformed the Information Technology organization which employed over 3000 IT professionals in 2012 into one recognized nationally as one of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT” for fourteen consecutive years. She has overseen the development and delivery of business-enabling technologies, and led the technical development in the industry-leading programs of Edison SmartConnectTM and SmartGrid. . As the “architect of change”, Yazdi has radically transformed productivity across the business units by driving operational excellence with a focus on efficiency and enhancing collaboration to create a more cohesive “one company” culture with accountability. Under her leadership, in 2010 the four-year $500 million SAP Enterprise Resource Planning program was successfully implemented across multiple companies. This accomplishment set a new precedent within the utility industry by the size and scope of work put into operation. She served as Co-Chair for the Edison Electric Institute CIO Executive Advisory Committee which focuses on emerging technology issues of critical concern to the energy industry and the related investments in technology. In that capacity she was leading the industry by forming public/private partnerships to address cybersecurity, utility telecommunication needs, and privacy challenges. In addition to managing IT, she led the 750-person Shared Services organization which included the supply chain function responsible for an annual spend of over $1billion, transportation services of a fleet of 6000 trucks, real estate/facilities operation, corporate security/emergency preparedness, and general administrative services. In 1999 Yazdi also created and launched a new wholesale telecommunications carrier business, one of the largest private telecommunication networks in North America, to create a new source of revenue by leveraging company assets. Joining Hughes Aircraft Company in a management capacity in 1980, she progressively increased her expertise in global defense electronics which resulted in increased responsibilities and the promotion to Vice President and Chief Information Officer overseeing the activities of 800 IT professional in 1994. Yazdi was a member of the Hughes Electronics Chairman’s Forum overseeing the company’s restructuring activities, outsourcing of IT services, and the eventual merger with Raytheon Corporation. Her career began with IBM World Trade Corporation as a representative responsible for marketing and support of IBM’s products and services. After winning prestigious company awards, she spent a year on special assignment in Paris, France and was subsequently responsible for developing, presenting, and executing strategic and operating plans. An active champion of higher education, Yazdi is a trustee for the American University in Paris, an advisory board member for HIG, a private equity firm. She works closely with University of Southern California and Cal Poly Pomona, and was instrumental in creating a Cyber Security lab for the Cal Poly Business School. She is also a member of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of preeminent women with significant achievements and influence. Yazdi also served for five years as a trustee at Claremont Colleges. Professional memberships include the Corporate Board of Advisors for SAP, an international software company; and Infosys, an international IT services company. Past Board Member, Apria HealthCare Group, a public corporation; Past Board Member, Partners in Care Foundation, a healthcare think tank; and Public Affairs Alliance of the Iranian-Americans (PAAIA) Fund; Speaker and panelist, California Governor’s Conference for Women; and Past Lecturer, Stanford University. As an accomplished leader, she has received numerous awards and recognition from the technology and electricity industries including the 2010 Intelligent Utility CIO of the Year award and is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Yazdi earned her M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. She received her B.S. in industrial management from Polytechnic University, Pomona with honors. She also completed the Management of Information Technology program at Harvard Business School. Mahvash and her husband, Farrok live in Palos Verdes, California, and are parents of two grown children and three grandchildren.