Senior Vice President, Projects, Safety and Reliability, and ERP
Laura Buss Sayavedra was appointed Senior Vice President, Projects, Safety and Reliability and ERP on June 1, 2019.
Ms. Sayavedra is accountable for providing the overall strategic vision, leadership, integration and executive oversight of Enbridge’s enterprise-wide Projects, Safety and Reliability, and Enterprise Resource Planning functions spanning operations in Canada and the United States, including multiple interests, jurisdictions and sensitivities.
In 2019, three distinct functions were merged into the Projects, Safety and Reliability, and ERP organization, all of which are completing centralization initiatives or initiating cross-enterprise transformation and change. Ms. Sayavedra provides broad and deep senior management oversight and expertise in order to deliver the business results of each function’s transformation and change and synergies from their combination into one portfolio.
Previously, Ms. Sayavedra served as Vice President of Finance Transformation since 2017 and took on a leadership role for the multi-year Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program in late 2017. In this capacity, Ms. Sayavedra helped transform how Enbridge does business by optimizing systems and processes, and driving cost efficiencies to ensure competitiveness and effectiveness in the future.
In 2017, she also served as Vice President of Sponsored Vehicles, focused on Enbridge’s master limited partnership (MLP) affiliates. She is a Director of the Boards of Spectra Energy Partners, LP and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.
Ms. Sayavedra served as Vice President and Treasurer for Spectra Energy from 2014 to early 2017. She previously served as Vice President of Strategy for Spectra Energy in 2013. Additionally, she worked as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spectra Energy Partners from 2008 to 2013; and as Vice President, Strategic Development and Analysis of Spectra Energy from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Sayavedra was Vice President of Operations and Analytics of Duke Energy North America, and also worked in various finance and business development roles of increasing responsibility. She joined the company's strategic planning and international group in 1995.
Ms. Sayavedra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in international relations and economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Master's degree from Columbia University, with a focus on international political economy and business.
In early 2016, she was featured as one of Houston's "Businesswomen to Watch" by the Houston Chronicle. She is the Board Chair for Collaborative for Children, a non-profit focused on increasing the quality of early childhood education in the Houston area, and a member of the United Way Women's Initiative and Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Ms. Sayavedra lives in Houston with her husband, Leo, and their two sons.