​​​Kenneth M. Mercado

Executive Vice President, Electric Utility

Kenneth MercadoA more than 35-year veteran of CenterPoint Energy and predecessor companies, Kenny is Executive Vice President, Electric Utility. 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 served as Senior Vice President, Electric Utility and as Senior Vice President, Electric and Information Technology. 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 boards of the Research Advisory Council at the Electric Power Research Institute, Engineering Leadership at the University of Houston, the United Way of Greater Houston, and the Center for Houston’s Future. He is also past chair of the board of directors of Southeast Electrical Exchange and March of Dimes 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.