Xia Liu is executive vice president and chief financial officer for CenterPoint Energy. She oversees the company’s finance organization, including accounting, corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations, tax, enterprise risk management and corporate performance measurement.
She came to CenterPoint Energy in 2019 from Southern Company, a Fortune 500
company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. During her two decades with Southern Company, she held more than a dozen leadership roles across three states and five business units. Xia served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Georgia Power Company, overseeing the financial matters for Southern Company’s largest subsidiary. She also served as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, Florida. Prior to this role, she was senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Southern Company, heading corporate development, corporate planning, treasury, enterprise risk management, pension and insurance management functions.
Xia is chair of the finance and audit committee on the board of directors for Pact, a nonprofit international development organization that works to improve the lives of those challenged by poverty. She has also served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards, including Florida TaxWatch, Gulf Coast Health Systems, Georgia Council on Economic Education, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Xia earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Renmin University of China and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University. She also completed two years of study in the Ph.D. in Economics program at Emory University. Xia is a chartered financial analyst (CFA), an International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation fellow, a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and has completed executive programs at Harvard University and INSEAD Business School in France.