​​​Kenneth M. Mercado

Chief Integration Officer

Kenneth MercadoA more than 34-year veteran of CenterPoint Energy and predecessor companies, Kenneth (Kenny) is the company’s chief integration officer. He is responsible for leading CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation’s integration implementation into one company: CenterPoint Energy. This includes process improvement, change leadership, the technology integration management office, and strategic sourcing and purchasing. CenterPoint Energy is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states with more than 7 million customers and a competitive energy businesses footprint in nearly 40 states.

Prior to this role, Kenny was CenterPoint Energy’s integration co-lead with Vectren. Before that, he had financial and operational responsibility of the company’s electric utility, which consists of a 5,000 square-mile service territory and power delivery to more than 2.4 million homes and businesses in the Houston metropolitan area. He also led the deployment of the company’s smart grid system, which includes the installation of smart meters and intelligent grid technology.

Kenny serves on the boards of the March of Dimes in Houston, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Southeastern Electric Exchange, Research Advisory Council at EPRI, Advisory Board at Texas A&M Smart Grid Coalition, the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Engineering Leadership Board at University of Houston.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston. He also received an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Kenny is a registered engineer in the State of Texas.