Anna Frutos-Sanchez, a respected executive with Southern California Edison, has been named the 2015 Chair of the Valley Industry Association Board of Directors. “We’re having a great year, and I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum into 2015,” said Frutos-Sanchez, who is scheduled to be sworn into office in December. “VIA is an excellent organization that significantly benefits our local business community, and promotes the economic betterment of our Valley. Serving as VIA’s Chair will be an honor.”

Frutos-Sanchez will succeed current Chairman Chris Chapleau of American Business Machines.

“Anna is a terrific choice to follow Chris, and build upon VIA’s successes in 2014,” VIA CEO and President Kathy Norris said. “She’s the face of Southern California Edison in our community, and we’re thrilled that she has agreed to also lead the Valley Industry Association in the coming year.”

Frutos-Sanchez, SCE’s Local Public Affairs Region Manager, has worked with the electric company for more than 27 years. She serves the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding communities, and routinely interacts with local government and community representatives on behalf of SCE. She’s also well-known as a community volunteer, having served on the boards of nonprofit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Foundation, the College of the Canyons Foundation, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and the SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Frutos-Sanchez lives in Santa Clarita with her husband Robert, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and mentoring students seeking higher education and/or careers with SCE.

“I care deeply about this community, and serving as VIA Chair will enable me to contribute to its ongoing success,” Frutos-Sanchez said. “As we witnessed in VIA’s recent B2B Industry Show, our business community is innovating and taking steps to thrive in the years to come. I’m excited to be part of that.”

The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, providing members the opportunity to network and collaborate on a broad range of business issues. More information about VIA is available at www.via.org.