Kenneth M. Mercado
Senior Vice President, Electric Operations
A more than 35-year veteran of CenterPoint Energy and predecessor companies, Kenny is Senior Vice President, Electric Operations. In this role, he oversees the company’s electric business, responsible for leading electric transmission, distribution, engineering and power delivery solutions in the greater Houston area and Evansville, Indiana, where he also leads electric generation.
Prior to this role, Kenny was CenterPoint Energy’s Senior Vice President of Electric and Technology Operations. In addition, he led CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation’s integration implementation into one company, including process improvement, change leadership, technology integration management office and strategic sourcing and purchasing.
Kenny serves on the board of the Research Advisory Council at the Electric Power Research Institute, advisory board at Texas A&M Smart Grid Coalition and the Engineering Leadership Board at the University of Houston. He is also past chair of the board of directors of Southeast Electrical Exchange and March of Dimes in Houston, and former board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross.
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 degree from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Kenny is a registered engineer in the State of Texas.