​​​​​Lynne Harkel-Rumford

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer​​

Lynne Harkel-RumfordLynne Harkel-Rumford is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of CenterPoint Energy. In this role, she oversees several corporate functions, including Talent, Compensation and Benefits, Labor Relations, Learning and Organizational Development, Communications and Community Relations, Facilities Management and Corporate Security.

Prior to her current role, Lynne was Vice President of Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources Technology, responsible for benefits offerings, innovative workforce solutions and talent retention. In 1999, Lynne joined CenterPoint Energy’s Legal department, where she advised leadership on compensation and benefits matters, including pension and welfare benefits plans, executive compensation and incentive compensation plans. Before joining CenterPoint Energy, Lynne practiced law at Vinson & Elkins and Baker Botts in the areas of executive compensation and benefits.

Lynne is a member of the Houston Bar Association and Texas Bar, and serves on the board of Target Hunger in Houston.

She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center, graduating cum laude.