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CenterPoint Energy names Rick Zapalac Senior Vice President of Gas Operations and Engineering

HOUSTON - April 7, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy has named Rick Zapalac senior vice president of Gas Operations and Engineering. He was formerly regional vice president of Gas Operations in Texas.

In this role, Zapalac will be responsible for Gas Operations and Engineering for the company’s natural gas distribution business which serves more than three million customers in six states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

Zapalac began his career with the company in 1977 as an office manager trainee in Electric Operations. He went on to hold various management positions in both electric and gas operations and in August of 2000, he was promoted to vice president of the company’s Gas Operations in south Texas. He was named regional vice president over Gas Operations in all of Texas in November 2006.

Zapalac earned a bachelor’s of business administration in Finance and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University. He serves on the Texas Legislative Conference Advisory Board, is a board member of the Texas Gas Association and is a member of the Southern Gas Association. He has served on the boards of various organizations including the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Corporation, Rosenberg Development Corporation, the Fort Bend Flood Control and Water Supply Corporation, and has held many positions in the Rosenberg/Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce including President.

He and his wife JoAnn reside in Sugar Land. Their children, Eric and Lindsey, both work and reside in the Houston area.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total nearly $20 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years.  For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.