Mark Ferron, former chief operating officer for Deutsche Bank\u2019s Global Markets Division, joined the California Public Utilities Commission March 24. Gov. Jerry Brown announced he appointed Ferron, a relative unknown in the energy industry, to the post two days earlier. \u201cSafe, affordable reliable and sustainable utility services,\u201d are his goals, Ferron said at his first CPUC meeting March 24. He pledged that he would work towards a \u201cpath breaking\u201d 33 percent renewable energy standard. He added, \u201cI recognize some think I am a bit of a dark horse, but I promise to be a work horse for the people of California.\u201d This is Brown\u2019s third appointment to the CPUC this year, the previous ones being commissioners Mike Florio and Catherine Sandoval. Ferron and his wife each contributed $25,900 to Brown\u2019s gubernatorial campaign last year, according to state data. Before joining Deutsche Bank in 1996, Ferron was a vice president at Salomon Brothers and Bank of America. Ferron holds a master\u2019s degree in economics from Stanford University.