Stephen J. Cairns

Stephen J. Cairns

Vice President and Chief Audit Officer | PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Stephen Cairns is Vice President and Chief Audit Officer for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


Cairns joined PG&E in 2006 as Senior Director, Internal Auditing, and subsequently took on the leadership of Compliance and Ethics. He became Corporate Controller in 2008. In 2010, he began serving as Vice President, Internal Audit, adding the duties of Chief Risk Officer in 2017.


Prior to joining Pacific Gas and Electric Company, he worked for ScottishPower, where he was responsible for all aspects of internal audit in both the U.K. and U.S. Prior to ScottishPower, he worked for more than nine years for Ernst & Young in their external audit, computer audit, internal audit and business risk consulting practices, principally focusing on the utility sector.


Cairns is a Chartered Accountant, the U.K. equivalent of a CPA, and holds a degree in business and finance from Brighton University, UK.