John O’Leary will join Portland General Electric board of directors, effective January 1, 2024

Portland, Ore., Oct. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — John O’Leary has been appointed to the Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) (“PGE” or the “Company”) board of directors, effective January 1, 2024.

“We are pleased to welcome John to the PGE Board,” said Jim Torgerson, chair of PGE’s board of directors. “John brings deep financial expertise and is at the forefront of the commercial vehicle industry as it transforms and accelerates production of zero-emission vehicles. A seasoned executive and Oregon business leader, John will help us further our operating performance and position the company during period of rapid change.”

O’Leary comes to PGE with more than 35 years of leadership and financial experience for truck and electronics manufacturers, including over 20 years of senior leadership experience with Daimler Truck Holding AG, where he is currently a member of the board of management as well as president and chief executive officer of Daimler Truck North America (DTNA). O’Leary is responsible for all aspects of DTNA and its affiliated companies, including Freightliner trucks, Western Star trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, and Detroit Diesel Corporation. With his understanding of the confluence of the energy and transportation industries, he has helped to accelerate the development of zero-emission commercial vehicles. O’Leary is based at DTNA headquarters in Portland.

Before stepping into his current role, O’Leary served most recently as chief transformation officer and head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. He was also previously senior vice president and chief financial officer at DTNA, with responsibility for operational and strategic controlling, treasury, tax, and IT functions.

O’Leary will serve on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance Committee.

About Portland General Electric Company 

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees are committed to collaborating with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company’s commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit

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