CenterPoint Energy

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David McClanahan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Current Position: President and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy, Incorporated.

Previous Positions: He began his career with the company in 1972 and held a variety of positions in information systems, accounting, and treasury before being named assistant secretary and assistant treasurer in 1983. In 1986, he was named vice president and comptroller of Houston Industries, Incorporated, predecessor to CenterPoint Energy. In 1990, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of KBLCOM, the company's previously owned cable television subsidiary. He held that position until 1993, when he was named group vice president of finance and regulatory relations, and later executive vice president of energy delivery and customer service for Houston Lighting & Power Company (HL&P), the electric utility predecessor of CenterPoint Energy's Houston area operations. He was named president and chief operating officer of HL&P in 1997. In 1999, he became president and chief operating officer of Reliant Energy Regulated Group and served as vice chairman of Reliant Energy, positions he held until assuming his current role.

Education and Accreditation: McClanahan has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with honors from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He is also a certified public accountant.

Affiliations and Honors: He serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Gas Association (Chairman-2008), the Edison Electric Institute, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center (Chairman), United Way of Greater Houston (Chairman), the Greater Houston Partnership (Vice-Chairman-2012), the Center for Houston's Future, University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and Central Houston (Past Chairman). He is Past Chairman of the Boards of the University of St. Thomas (1998-2002) and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

Personal:  McClanahan is a native of Victoria, Texas. He is married and has two daughters.