Anthony F. Earley, Jr., has been a senior executive in the US electric and gas utility industry for over 35 years. Most recently, until 2017, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of PG&E Corporation. Prior to joining PG&E in 2011, Earley spent 17 years at DTE Energy, where he served as Executive Chairman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In his career, Earley has joined utility companies that were facing significant technical, regulatory and political challenges. As former chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of investor utilities, Earley was directly involved in the development of national policies on energy, the environment, and climate change issues. In 2014, Earley received EEI’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his decades of contributions to the electric power industry. He also served as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute and worked to revitalize the U.S. nuclear industry.
Earley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics; a Master of Science degree in engineering; and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the advisory council of the College of Engineering. After graduating from Notre Dame, Earley served as an officer in the United States Navy nuclear submarine program, where he was qualified as a chief engineer. Prior to joining DTE Energy and then PG&E, Earley served in various capacities at Long Island Lighting Company, including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he was a partner at the Hunton & Williams law firm. Earley serves on the board of the Southern Company where he is chair of the Nominating, Governance & Corporate Responsibility Committee. Until 2022, he was on the Ford Motor Company Board for 13 years, and was the lead outside director. He has served on multiple Fortune 500 Boards including Comerica, Inc; Masco Corporation; Long Island Lighting Company; DTE Energy Company; and PG&E Corporation.
His commitment to the community includes past or present memberships on multiple non-profit boards, including United Way Worldwide; The Exploratorium, a science, arts, and human perception museum based in San Francisco; Cornerstone Schools; United Way Bay Area; and United Way of Southeast Michigan. Earley also serves as Chair of the Board of the Detroit Zoological Society. In his career, he has received numerous awards including being named 2015 Philanthropic CEO of the Year by the American Red Cross of the Bay Area. In 2003 he was selected by the Detroit News as a Michiganian of the Year.